Kingston Foreshore Master Plan


Kingston, Canberra ACT

Land Development Agency, ACT Government


Master Plan Competition Win 1997
Completion Ongoing
Architectural Projects: Bridge Point 2010, Dockside 2013, Azure 2017

This project was initiated by the ACT Government resulted from a land swap within the Commonwealth that enabled the ACT to explore the long held dream of taking Kingston and the community to the Lake edge. In winning the National Ideas Competition we were given the opportunity to test our strategic urban design theories and design principles, particularly around urban structure, mixed use, urban density and resurrecting the original ideas about “Urban Canberra” articulated by the Griffins almost a century ago.

Most importantly the project began with a holistic vision; a set of ideas. It wasn’t designed just for housing or just for office space or for entertainment or for cultural uses. It was designed to accommodate almost any mix of uses, in various locations.

Stewart Architecture were also engaged to document and restore The Fitters Workshop structure on the site in order to adapt the space for public use as a landmark building within the Kingston Arts Precinct. This heritage listed building required a close partnership ACT heritage to adhere to their guidelines and achieve a outcome maintaining sensitivity to the past. 

Over the subsequent years Stewart Architecture has provided design advice to the Foreshore Authority and later to the Land Development Agency on a wide range of matters dealing with the planning, design and development of the project.

2009 UDIA National Award for Excellence, Urban renewal Award
1999 Award for Planning Excellence, Planning Institute of Australia
1997 First Prize, Kingston Foreshore National Design Competition