Kingston Foreshore: ACT

  • Precinct Master-Planning, Urban Design
  • Landscape Architecture, Community Consultation
  • Client: Construction Control Pty Ltd
  • Project Value: $120m+
  • Project Timeline: 2014 – ongoing
  • Media: marketing agents website  



SPACELAB were engaged to masterplan this site of approximately 1.3 hectares, located in the Kingston Foreshore, Canberra, adjacent to the Canberra Railway Station. The masterplan creates urban laneways and landscape design works within the constraint of previous industrial usages. The design knits together a complex set of desired outcomes within a village-like atmosphere comprising commercial and residential users.


Drawing inspiration from historic industrial and rail uses of the site, the proposed landscape creates a series of connecting platforms and laneways spilling into a sunken pedestrian square. Industrial elements, recycled railway items such as tracks and timber sleepers are used alongside industrial materials of concrete, steel and brick to shape the spaces and provide an established urban character.


The Kingsborough Master Plan and Landscape Master Plan draws together various architectural languages within an eclectic urban fabric. Visual corridors connect the internal space with key landmarks of Mt Ainslie, Black Mountain and the Parliament House flag pole, creating a sense of place and siting the precinct in the wider urban context. Crucial to the successful design of the spaces was an intimate understanding of pedestrian and vehicle movements, with particular attention to wayfinding and accessible paths of travel. 


"Spacelab worked within our team of architects, planners and designers to create the look and feel for the Kingsborough Precinct. Their work started with a masterplan of the entire site and then what they described as "an uncovering" to discover the hidden rail yard heritage of the site". This railyard formed the basis of the industrial feel of the site, and influenced the urban landscape, structures, bridges and arbors within the site".

John Gasson - Construction Control