The Hellenic Club of Canberra’s three development applications for the highly anticipated Hellenic Precinct have been approved by the ACT’s Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate, paving the way for a new precinct of Woden Town Centre.
With over 40 years of rich history, the Hellenic Club has played an integral role in building a strong sense of community and inclusion within the Canberra community, originating as a cultural club for the local Greek community, that is now a central hub for all Canberrans. The club has venues in the City and Woden, and has over 50,000 members.
“The Hellenic Precinct is a visionary blueprint that reflects our Club’s commitment to a vibrant and diversified future while preserving our roots in the Woden Town Centre,” stated Andrew Satsias, Hellenic Club board president.
The Hellenic Club Board and management have commissioned a new master plan that embraces a one-of-a-kind mixed-use proposition, to be constructed in three stages. Stage one consists of a multi-level basement carpark, port cochere, services, as well as a roofed Agora, or gathering place. Stage one construction is likely to commence in early 2024.
Stage two will focus on office spaces and a podium, while stage three will see the construction of health facilities, a hotel, auditorium and Tholos, which is a Greek architectural feature consisting of columns holding up a domed roof.
The Hellenic Club has suggested that its new development will be the first mixed-ise development of its kind in Canberra, and will include:
The new Hellenic Club development will include:
- Four levels of undercover parking
- A multi-purpose Arena
- Multiple entertainment options for all ages
- A world-class food and beverage precinct
- Function and conferencing spaces
- Commercial office space, featuring a sky garden
- Health and wellbeing facilities, including a gym and day spa
- Multicultural facilities
Satsias told the ABC that the development would help reduce the club’s reliance on poker machine revenue.
“We have held true to our focus on a non-residential development and identified multiple commercial anchors to drive foot traffic and visitation to our site and the broader town centre,” Satsias said.
“This includes elevated entertainment, dining, social and commercial spaces that will attract local, national and international visitors.”
The Hellenic Precinct development is expected to cost $146 million.