Move over Sydney and Melbourne: host Kevin McCloud of Grand Designs calls the VERY surprising city that he believes has the most potential for spectacular development in Australia
- Host Kevin McCloud of Grand Designs said Canberra has the most potential
- He said the capital was spacious and had a mix of houses and offices
- Sydney and Melbourne have now become too close and overcrowded
Kevin McCloud, host of Grand Designs, has touted Canberra as the Australian city with the most potential for development.
The real estate expert said that both Sydney and Melbourne had become too close to offer exciting opportunities for growth and new buildings, The Herald Sun. reported.
In comparison: the ‘garden city’ Canberra was full of open spaces and had a thriving CBD with a mix of offices, houses and workplaces.
The host of the British television program Grand Designs, Kevin McCloud, has touted Canberra (photo) as the Australian city with the most development potential
Mr. McCloud said Monday at the National Press Club: “I’m going to say that the only city that shows the potential … is probably Canberra.
“It’s not over-developed, so it has potential.
“There is a mix of houses, offices and workplaces and the planning restrictions have been relaxed to make that mix possible.”
Mr McCloud started out as a designer of theater sets before engaging in production and lighting.
In the last two decades, however, he has made a name for himself as the host of Grand Designs and as editor of the Grand Designs magazine.
During that time he helped build the Grand Designs brand, which focuses on modern architecture and design in Great Britain.
The real estate and design expert said he had visited Sydney (photo) and Melbourne and found that they were already too close
The ACT government has had a city plan in action since March 2014 to create an “overall strategic framework” for the future development of the city.
“In the first place, future development in the city center will be based on five” character areas “that characterize the activities and character of the different parts of the city center,” said a government statement.
“The city plan helps determine development and growth and ensures that projects and infrastructure are delivered efficiently and effectively.”
The plan will identify new residential, business and recreational opportunities and improvements to the parks and transport in the city.
“The ACT government is investigating options for landscape design for the corridor as a corridor that meets the needs of light rail, pedestrians, cyclists and motorists,” the statement continued.
Mr. McCloud (photo) said that Canberra’s open spaces and relaxed planning constraints meant that it was perfect for development opportunities