CONSTRUCTION is about to begin on Lawson, Belconnen’s newest suburb.Set on 100 hectares, Lawson is within 2.5 km of the Belconnen town centre and will have a mix of about 1850 low, medium and higher density dwellings, including a small retail centre and community facilities.
Work will start on the first stage of the development this month, with the initial lots expected to go on sale at the end of this year, and it is anticipated that construction of homes will commence by the end of 2014.
The first lots to be sold will include 124 single residential blocks and 12 multi-unit sites, for the development of up to 560 dwellings.
Deputy Chief Minister Andrew Barr says there are contaminants that need to be “remediated” before building and there is asbestos associated with the reservoirs that were previously located on the top of Reservoir Hill and also the pipes which ran from the reservoir. There was also the illegal dumping of building waste which probably occurred during the construction of surrounding suburbs.
Almost half of the suburb will be reserved as public open space including Reservoir Hill, Lake Ginninderra foreshore and the College Creek corridor. The historic Old Travelling Stock Route, which ran through the site, will be maintained as a distinct path through the use of landscaping, footpaths and interpretive signs.