Client: B&T Group
Size: 6,450m² (GFA)
Date: Completed 2014
In July 2012, AMC were engaged by B&T Group to prepare a concept design for a new office building as part of a commercial offer to entice the Australian Institute of Health & Welfare (AIHW) into new purpose-built accommodation. Located across a number of buildings in Bruce, AIHW remained committed to Bruce as a location, however required the provision of more suitable new accommodation that was able to be delivered prior to the lease expiry date of June 2014.
With a DA already lodged for a residential development on the site, AMC were asked to prepare an alternative masterplan concept design that would satisfy AIHW’s brief for high quality office accommodation in their preferred location. The concept was also supported by the local community who, with the developer, effectively lobbied the ACT Minister for Planning, Simon Corbell, to exercise his call in powers to allow a timely approval of the development to achieve the very tight program required.
The building has a simple attractive form, with a rhythmic, symmetrical façade, including a combination of precast concrete panels, lightweight pre-finished aluminium cladding panels and high performance glazing. The development provides nearly 6,000m² NLA of high quality office accommodation across three levels, as well as 210 car parking spaces, 68 of which are within a secure basement level. The building affords a prominent and attractive address for AIHW with an excellent northern solar aspect and an attractive outlook to the bushland setting of Fern Hill Technology Park and beyond. The simple, large, rectilinear floorplate arrangement provides for efficient, flexible accommodation noting that as part of the initial design concept AMC prepared fitout concepts for AIHW.