Block 17 Section 1 Phillip

The ACT Government is preparing to demolish buildings on Block 17 Section 1 Phillip, the site of the old Woden High School and more recently, the CIT Woden campus. See map below.

In early 2020, the community will see demolition works occurring across the site. Measures will be put in place to limit any impact on residents, including defined working hours, management of dust, restricting all contractor parking to the site, and managing truck movement routes.

Map showing the location of Block 17 Section 1 Phillip at the corner of Hindmarsh Drive and Ainsworth Street, and it's proximity to Woden Town Centre, Woden Cemetery and The Canberra Hospital.

As part of CIT’s Campus Modernisation Strategy, the Woden campus is now surplus to operational requirements.  While the buildings are vacant, the car park on the eastern side of the site is still being used for parking. As part of the tender process for demolition, the government will seek advice on safety issues around keeping the car park open during demolition.

Why are the buildings being demolished?

In 2018, a Hazardous Materials Survey of the site identified loose-fill friable asbestos in all but one of the original buildings.

The ACT Government considered several options to keep the buildings intact and found that the safest option and lowest cost to taxpayers, was to demolish the buildings and remediate the site to a stable condition. This would allow for new facilities to be built on the site which could better meet community needs into the future.

When will the demolition happen?

The development application for demolition is approved and tenders for appointment of a demolition contractor close on 5 December 2019. Demolition is expected to begin by March 2020 and be completed in the second half of 2020.

To prepare the site for demolition, the buildings will be fenced off from Friday 6December 2019. This will result in the closure of some carparks on the site which will fall within the fence boundary. Community are advised to observe signage on the site, and contact for further information.

Will the car park on the site remain open?

Some carparking will remain available for Canberra Hospital staff while it is safe and practical to do so. As part of the demolition process, the ACT Government will seek safety advice on this issue as the demolition progresses.

All other carparks on the site will be closed during demolition for the safety of community members.

What will be developed on the site?

The ACT Government is committed to ensuring that the site will remain zoned for community use. Whilst a long term future use for the site has not yet been identified, in the short term the remediated site will be utilised for temporary parking. More than 1100 parking spaces will be available at the new carpark for hospital staff, visitors and construction workers to use from 2021 while the ACT Government works to deliver modernisation projects across the campus such as the SPIRE Project, a new world-class emergency, surgical and critical healthcare facility.

Following the completion of the SPIRE Project, the ACT Government will work to identify a future use for the site and will keep the community informed and update this page as we progress.

Will the site be rezoned?

No - there is no intention to rezone the site. The site is currently zoned CFZ for community facility use and both the Woden Town Centre Master Plan and the Precinct Plan maintain community use zoning for this site.

How can I get involved in identifying a future use for the site?

The first step in preparing the site for redevelopment is to demolish the existing buildings.

The ACT Government will continue to update the community about the site demolition and future uses through this page and other relevant channels.

Where can I get further information?

For further information, contact