In 2013 GEOCON Constructors completed the first building in Gateway Business Park. As the architect for the new building, AMC were also engaged to undertake the design of new fitout for Canberra’s largest childcare centre, Bright Beginnings. The centre accommodates 174 children over two storeys and in addition to eight themed playrooms it also includes a large and welcoming reception, inter-tenancy stair, centrally located administrative support, and an attractive staff break out area. There was a comprehensive vision for both the base building and fitout finishes so the interior concepts flowed seamlessly from base building spaces including the lift and inter-floor stair, through to the playrooms themselves. The interior design concepts incorporated a fresh, vibrant palette of colours and materials to enliven play spaces and a calming neutral palette for support spaces and quiet areas to foster rest and contemplation. Bright Beginnings signage and outdoor play areas incorporate attractive landscaped elements and plantings all of which culminates in an exciting new addition to early childhood education in the ACT.
From a licensing point of view, AMC undertook extensive and early consultation with the ACT Government’s Child Protection and Regulation Unit and Community Services Directorate to inform the design childcare centre and associated changes to the base building and is one of the first childcare centres designed under the new National Quality Framework 2013.