The Aranda Shops
Australian Capital Territory | Urban
In January 2019, the National Capital Authority (NCA) initiated a project to improve the amenity of the island and complement the National Carillon. The upgrade was completed in May 2020.
In January 2019, a Feasibility Study for upgrades to Aspen Island was conducted to identify improvements to the island’s amenity that would increase its usage. The NCA Events Unit had previously acknowledged the Island’s shortfalls in meeting community needs. Feedback found that, to enhance ease of use, several features of the site would need improvement. Some of these improvements included an all-weather (hard surface) pathway, access all around the island (as opposed to only some of it) and improvements to the gradient of the grassed listening area (specifically the creation of a flat area to allow ease of sitting and hosting events).
Based on the community feedback and study recommendations, NCA worked with their Events and Planning Unit, a Heritage consultant and Open Space Contractors to plan, develop and implement the project. AMA Projects were appointed to deliver the project.
The Aspen Island upgrades include:
The Aspen Island upgrade has enhanced the community facility’s sense of place, engaging people through features that support active movement and social connection in a safe and inviting public open space.