THE ACT Government will spend $2m to restore the heritage listed Old Kingston Bus Depot.The primary work includes the removal and replacement of the existing asbestos sheeting from the roof of the upper hall and also the demolition of the northern annex, which was added to the building during the 1980’s.
The timing of the work is to coincide with the markets’ usual January shut down and when they re-open on January 12 the markets will trade from the lower hall, the Fitters Workshop and adjacent open areas.
“This is great news for the future of the Kingston Arts Precinct,” says David Dawes, the Chief Executive of the LDA.
“Like many Canberrans, I enjoy going to the markets on a Sunday and the work we are undertaking will ensure their future.
“As a relatively young city, we don’t have a great deal of historic built form, so to have the opportunity of keeping the bus depot for not only the use of the markets but also incorporating it into the Kingston Arts Precinct so that it can be used more than just one day a week is a real win win.
“The whole of the new Kingston Foreshore is now taking on a real vibrancy as more of the residential developments are being occupied and the new restaurants and bars begin to open. The Arts Precinct just adds a further dimension to this exciting new part of Canberra.”