Northern Territory

Northern Territory searches for designers of the future city of Weddell

The Northern Territory Government this week announced that a nationwide search for architects and planners to design the first stage of a future tropical city of 50,000 people, Weddell, is now underway.

"The search has begun for architects and planners to deliver us a tropical, liveable, sustainable township that will continue to grow and evolve into the city of Weddell," Member for Daly, Rob Knight said.

Weddell will be approximately 15 kilometres from Palmerston and around 30 kilometres from Darwin's CBD. It is estimated that there is around 3,000 hectares of developable land that could cater for the proposed population of up to 50,000 people.

Mr Knight said it was a rare opportunity to plan the growth of a city from the very beginning and that the government is committed to ensuring Weddell is built with best-practice, sustainable urban design principles.

The government is calling for entries from architects and planners for two national competitions:

  • A New-Town Urban Design Competition focussed on the development of five new neighbourhoods around a community centre. The urban design competition will be in two stages, with the second stage open to a short-listed group of entrants; and
  • A Tropical Housing Design Competition focussing on design of a series of housing typologies.

Entrants will be required to develop an outstanding design concept for a new town, based on sustainability principles, around five walkable neighbourhoods (all around or adjoining Bennetts Creek to accommodate about 6000 people), incorporating a range of housing types including affordable housing with transport links, parklands and a central activity district or community centre.

"Planning to deliver Weddell is on track and the Territory Government has submitted its formal Notice of Intent (NOI) to begin the environmental assessment process," Mr Knight said.

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