Stairwell Update

As many of you will have noticed the stairwells have been re-tiled and important fire safety upgrades have been undertaken to increase the fire resistance ratings of the areas under the stairs. Many thanks for the professional work undertaken by Monarch Building Solutions.

These works are now complete. Thank you for your patience.

We are aiming to have new doors installed to replace the existing roller shutters in the near future.

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Refurbishment Update – 1 September 2018

Earlier this year we provided an update in relation to the new signage style and interior paintwork being planned as part of the Arcade refurbishment.  The aim is to introduce new look across the whole arcade on the advice of our designer. The concept plan for the ground floor retail area will look like this (click on the photo to enlarge)


With the weather warming up the Executive Committee is working with painting contractors to address the very damaged and weathered building exterior.  Once again this will be done consistently with the design plan and will look something like this (click on the photo to enlarge) 

Any owner or occupier with questions about the proposals should contact our strata manager – L J Hooker Strata ACT.

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CCTV Cameras Installed

For the safety and protection of staff, customers and visitors to the Arcade we have installed high resolution video cameras and recording equipment.

Owners and Occupiers made need to seek advice in relation to any requirements they may have under the Workplace Privacy Act 2011 (ACT) to advise staff of the presence of these cameras.

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Refurbishment Update – 28 May 2018

Women’s Bathroom now completed

The women’s bathroom and kitchenette upgrades on the First Floor have now been completed.

Both bathroom’s have been re-tiled with new toilets, partitioning systems, mirrors and basins.  New, quieter, hand dryers have also been installed.

This is a significant upgrade to the Arcade and we hope that all owners and occupiers will welcome the changes.  There are still some small issues to be finalised but we hope that these will be addressed quickly.

The same key operates both the men’s and women’s bathrooms.  Owners and occupiers are reminded that these facilities are intended for the use of staff and customers of the Arcade.

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Refurbishment Update – 24 February 2018

Men’s Bathroom and Kitchenette

The men’s bathroom and kitchenette upgrades on the First Floor have now been completed.  New keys will be provided to owners and occupiers in the coming days.

The ladies bathroom is the next area of demolition and construction and this work will commence Wednesday, 28th February.

At that time, the unisex toilet will swap over to the men’s, while the ladies is under refurbishment. Temporary signage will make this clear and the urinal in the men’s will be taped off and out of use for this period.

Installation of energy efficient lighting

New lights have also been installed throughout  the ground floor  of the Arcade.  These energy efficient lights not only improve the look of the Arcade and provide more light output but they will help reduce energy costs.

Internal Painting

The next major part of the project, is the internal painting of the common areas of the Arcade.

This project is to commence Thursday, 1 March 2018 and is expected to take approximately three weeks.

Business will be as usual during this painting project and Pride Painting & Decorating Pty Ltd will be undertaking this work.  This project will incorporate the ground floor of the Arcade, as well as the stairwells and the First Floor.

There will be times when sections of the Arcade will be taped off, but access around these areas of work will be provided.

The wall sections that are currently painted blue will be painted in the Taubman colour ’Iron Age’. The current yellow and creamy yellow toned walls, will be painted in Dulux ’Whisper  White’. The cladding at the top of the Arcade will be painted in the ‘Iron Age’ colour  and the metal work of the ceiling and  light fittings will be painted ’Black’ in a semi gloss paint.

The colour scheme has been created by the designer to emphasis the classic styling of the Arcade.

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Rare Hair is here

Looking for a different approach to hair?

Want to experience the work of a Canberra legend?

Come along to Unit 6 in Manuka Arcade and experience hair ‘less done’ …

Welcome Rare Hair!



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Arcade Refurbishment – Stage One

Change is coming to Manuka Arcade!

As many of our owners and occupiers are aware we have been working hard with a designer for plans to improve the Arcade for a number of months.  More recently we have sought tenders from an extensive range of builders and other contactors to get maximum quality and value for money in the works.

The good news is that this hard work is coming to fruition with the refurbishment of the Arcade toilets and painting of the interior of the Arcade scheduled over the next couple of months.

We have worked hard to ensure that any disruptions are minimised however there will obviously be some unavoidable changes during the completion of these works.  During the refurbishment of the toilets, for example, one set of toilets will be closed while being upgraded and the other will be ‘mixed-use’.  This will all be clearly signposted.

We are sure that the results will make it all worthwhile!

Further exciting upgrades are scheduled for later in the year.


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A new ‘pop up’ gallery in Manuka Arcade

After working as a Graphic Designer with in the printing industry for many years Sue Hudson was looking for a change.

While bringing up her young family she freelanced as an illustrator and designer. Now after studying part time, she has started to paint in acrylic and continue my illustrating.

Her paintings focus on capturing the moment and can be characterised by their representation of reality, expression and communication of emotions.

You can see Sue’s work in her pop up gallery in Shop 5 and online at her Facebook page here.

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How did Manuka get its name?

According to Wikipedia, the area is named after Manuka Circle, the street which forms the northern boundary of the precinct. Manuka Circle was on Walter Burley Griffin‘s original plan for Canberra and named after the New Zealand tea tree Leptospermum scoparium.

When Griffin drew up his plans in 1912, there was still some optimism that New Zealand might join the Federation of Australia. Griffin’s plans included eight avenues radiating out from Capital Hill named after the capitals of the six states, the capital of the Northern Territory and the capital of New Zealand.

Before the name Wellington Avenue was gazetted it was realised that New Zealand was not going to become part of a federation of Australasia and the name was replaced by Canberra Avenue.

Griffin planned that the state capital city avenues were terminated with a park named after the generic botanical name for a native plant from that particular site; for example, Telopea Park is named after the waratah, the floral emblem of New South Wales, and is at the end of Sydney Avenue, named after the capital of New South Wales.

So Manuka is a bit of a relic from the original Griffin plan.  Why not come and check out this blast from the past by visiting Manuka Arcade!

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Going to the footy?

This coming Saturday, 5 August, the GWS Giants play the Melbourne Demons in Round 20 of the 2017 AFL season at Manuka Oval.

Before the game commences at 1:45pm why not pop into Manuka Arcade?  Grab a bite to eat at MyCafe or Downtown Milk Bar and maybe something to keep the kids amusing during the breaks in the game from Kidstuff.

Grab that special gift for somebody special from Briolette or maybe something from Home French Home.  If taking that spectacular mark in the stands proves too much PilatesCan will surely fix you up.

It is probably too late to check the umpires in for some new glasses at Focus Eyewear but you never know!

Whatever your team you are welcome at Manuka Arcade


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WOW, haven’t things changed!

Source: ACT Heritage Library

This picture shows ‘The Lawns’ between Manuka Arcade and Bouganville Street in October 1953.

This area has certainly changed since then – but Manuka Arcade remains just as central and in the heart of Manuka!

Come and visit Manuka, see how The Lawns have changed – and don’t forget to check out the Arcade.

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Pretty as a picture!

Early morning view of Manuka Arcade, with the full moon barely visible setting in the background, from the corner of Franklin Street and Flinders Way.

Even on crisp winter mornings there is something very special about Manuka, it has a great feel, a very cosmopolitan vibe reminiscent of the wonderful cities of Europe.

As the sun rises over the Arcade and Manuka begins to awake there is already something to do in Manuka Arcade.  Whether a little window shopping, a spot of breakfast at MyCafe or just a coffee at Downtown Milkbar it is always worth popping in.

We hope to see you soon.




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