…and that’s a wrap for 2021! Thank you to our valued clients, peers and suppliers for all your support throughout this particularly bizarre year. We wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas, a well-earned, safe and restful holiday and a prosperous new year. AMC will be closed from 23rd December, reopening on 10th January 2022.
Here’s a sneak peak at the base building refurbishment, façade upgrade and central podium redevelopment works that were underway at the Finlay Crisp Centre before lockdown was announced in the ACT last week. Great progress has been made by PBS with refurbishment and fitout works within Allara House nearing completion and works commenced across all floors within Nara House. The Pavilion, a key part of the placemaking strategy for the podium as a collaboration between AMC and Tait Network, is also nearing completion with its distinctive copper cladding partly installed and landscaping works advanced. We can’t wait to bring you more updates on the status of this project when construction works can start up again. Stay safe everyone!
To our valued clients,
The ACT Government has today announced a 7-day lockdown in response to COVID-19, commencing at 5pm today, Thursday 12 August 2021. To align with the advice and lockdown restrictions announced by the ACT Government, AMC staff will be working remotely from tomorrow until lockdown measures are lifted. AMC will continue to remain operational throughout this period with all staff contactable via email and/or mobile and available for video/teleconferencing meetings via Microsoft Teams or through your preferred platform.
The AMC Team will remain connected and productive throughout this period to ensure we maintain our high level of client service and meet our commitments to you.
The Directors (Alastair, David, Dean & Luke)
Founding Director, Alastair MacCallum, talks to the long-term benefits of adaptive-reuse initiatives, repurposing vacant commercial office buildings as aged care or public housing in a recent interview with The Canberra Times.
“Alastair MacCallum, who also chairs the ACT Property Council’s social sustainability committee, has been a long-term advocate for the ACT Government to implement planning incentives to encourage adaptive reuse. He said repurposing existing buildings was far more environmentally friendly, and faster, than creating a new one, but it came at a price….Mr MacCallum argued high-rise offices were perfect to be adapted for Canberra’s vulnerable populations because they are typically in town centres, close to transport and employment opportunities.”
Head here: https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/7172697/empty-offices-could-be-repurposed-as-aged-care-public-housing/ to read further!
…with the concrete slabs poured, structural steelwork in place, roofing being installed and external blockwork walls constructed. With a simple, linear form and large structural spans, the new facility will accommodate a range of analysis, testing, processing and storage functions associated with a number of critical field-based research projects. We’re excited to see this project reach completion in late 2021!
Today we bid Eric Werner (Project Architect) bon voyage as he and his family start a new adventure in Tokyo, Japan for the next few years. Eric is a valued member of the AMC Team, playing key roles across a number of significant commercial refurbishments and new building projects since he joined us in 2019, including the Finlay Crisp Centre refurbishment and new accommodation for the Department of Health. He will continue to support the AMC team and our clients remotely from Tokyo. Eric’s relocation extends AMC’s national and international capabilities into the Asia-Pacific region, with the potential to open the door to exciting opportunities in this part of the world. We wish Eric and his family a safe journey and all the very best for their time abroad!
YWCA’s proposed supportive housing development in Ainslie has recently been granted development approval. AMC is proud to partner with the organisation to realise this important initiative, providing supportive housing for women in crisis in the ACT. The development incorporates eight studio-size dwellings and two 2-bedroom units designed to meet the needs of older women and women rebuilding from domestic violence. The modest development is characterised by a warm palette of natural materials designed to patina with age, with a simple angular forms which frames an existing mid-century outhouse which is central to the landscaping concept for all residents to enjoy. To read more on the YWCA proposed social housing – head here: https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/7210847/dire-straits-approved-social-housing-project-makes-small-dent-in-act-shortfall/
With the approval of Stage 1 of proposed redevelopment works, AMC is pleased to be working with ISPT, Knight Frank, TSA and an experienced design team on the detailed design and delivery of this existing refurbishment project. Key features will include a strong narrative which focuses on the convergence of knowledge and culture, the incorporation of a warmer materials palette to the building façade coupled with new wayfinding strategies. A more permeable ground floor plane, a new sophisticated landscaping strategy to William Clements Street (designed by Oculus) and increased pedestrianisation will complement exciting new health and well-being offerings and fabulous new end of trip facilities. Construction is proposed for the 2nd half of 2021.
Read more about it and stay up to date with changes here: https://www.7london.com.au/about-7-london/
Today AMC recognises and celebrates the contributions and achievements of these incredible, hard working women who form an essential part of our team and what we do every day. Here’s to you, ladies!
A recent downsizer initiative has brought together two friends who, together with AMC, harnessed the opportunity of a vacant Mr Fluffy block to create this striking dual occupancy in the heart of Campbell. The design concept responds to the challenges and opportunities presented by the steep slope and non-rectilinear site to create autonomy and equity between the two residences using separate basement driveways as the buffer. Maximising each dwelling’s outlook and solar access and uniting the two dwellings through a common architectural language and materials palette while responding to the individual briefing requirements of each client were important considerations in the design process. AMC was pleased to contribute architectural and interior design input to achieve a holistic outcome.
AMC is hitting the ground running in 2021 with our architectural and interior design teams back in the studio this week and already hard at work across a range of exciting projects.
We are starting the year featuring AMC’s Defence Technology Acceleration Collab (DTAC) fitout in Fairbairn. This fitout is rapidly approaching completion and promises to be a game changer for the Department of Defence as a technology hub for innovation, collaboration and engagement with government, industry and academia. DTAC will provide a dynamic and flexible workplace with dedicated spaces to showcase, inspire and support the development of Defence’s technology platforms with a focus on augmented reality. Referencing biophilic design principles, AMC’s interior design team has created an agile, free-flowing layout complemented by natural materials, greenery and feature lighting elements throughout.
AMC is looking forward to sharing more examples of our work with you for what promises to be yet another busy year for the practice. Stay tuned!