The new Mantra MacCarthur hotel has officially opened for business! AMC and HTI Group have successfully transformed a tired government office building on Northbourne Avenue into a new 4-star hotel, boasting 136 rooms and 40 suites, a Mediterranean restaurant and gym. The interior of the building was completely stripped back and fitted out with a contemporary palette of black steelwork, timber, brass and soft furnishings while the existing facade was largely retained with some cosmetic improvements to provide a strong presentation to Northbourne Avenue, a welcoming entry and vibrant dining area. Read more about this unique project here or via our project profile page.
AMC’s adaptive re-use of a commercial office building to create a new hotel is almost complete with the Mantra MacCarthur Hotel set to open this Spring. The 10-storey hotel boasts 136 rooms and 40 suites, a restaurant and bar, fully equipped gym, secure parking and internet lounge. The existing precast façade of the building was retained with new Core 10 folded metal cladding superimposed to create interest and new awning and glazing elements added at ground level to provide an inviting entry and restaurant/lounge area. The internal areas were stripped back to create an industrial feel with accents of black steelwork, brass, mirrors and stone softened with wall panelling, natural materials and furnishings. Click here for more details or visit www.mantrahotels.com/mantra-macarthur-hotel for more information.
Construction of Canberra Airport Group’s new Denman Prospect village centre will commence soon. AMC’s contemporary design for this unique and exciting development features high quality materials, views across Craven Creek Reserve and offers residents a variety of shops, restaurants and a stand-a-lone medical centre as well as townhouse residences overlooking the Molongolo Valley. Read more about this project here.
“The Central” development in Crace by Goodwin offers seniors a convenient, flexible and supportive retirement living option close to amenities and services. AMC’s village-style concept promotes interaction between residents and the local community to enhance social connectivity and an active lifestyle for retirees. Read more about the official opening of this latest stage here or visit our project page for more details.
Having been members and key contributors to the Property Council of Australia for the past 16 years, the AMC team were very pleased to win Property Council of Australia Rider Levett Bucknall ACT Project of the Year, for the 2nd year running. Last year it was for Monash Green for Goodwin which also won National Lend Lease Award for Australia’s Best Retirement Living Development.
On this occasion it is for Equinox Business Park in Deakin. Equinox is one of the largest private sector commercial developments to be constructed in Canberra in recent times and has been designed to provide a business park solution for a range of office accommodation types. The Equinox concept celebrates the wonderful orientation and views associated with the site. It has a welcoming address and a simple and logical vehicular and pedestrian movement. It comprises 5 buildings with a total GFA of 23,979m² and 505 secure basement and 100 surface car parks. Office accommodation is provided in simple rectangular floor plates offering a range of sizes from 780m² – 2,500m² which are fitout friendly. It has been designed and constructed to achieve a 5 Star Green Star and NABERS rating and includes sun-shading, water harvesting, recycled materials, high levels of insulation (including double glazing), low embodied energy materials selection, integrated BMS and highly efficient plant and services amongst other initiatives. As a 24 hour facility lighting and safety are prime considerations. The public domain is the “glue” that ties the buildings together and has given a strong identity to the business park. The character is defined by the landscape planting structure, spatial arrangement and hard landscape materials palette. The over-arching design philosophy is to create a seamless transition between the buildings and the public domain. A pedestrian priority environment is achieved supported by architectural colonnades, signage and lighting. The planning of the central landscape space and terraces are integral to establishing a central focus and meeting place within the development. Retail is supported by visitation beyond the campus and therefore convenient pedestrian links are important. Short stay surface parking and iconic entry signage markers are important to defining the site and quality of the development.
AMC congratulates Evri Group and the Sarris family on this prestigious award which is a fitting reward for their long term commitment to this site and indeed Canberra.
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Chief Minister Andrew Barr and Federal Minister for Local Government and Territories Fiona Nash officially opened the new Canberra Visitor Centre at Regatta Point on Friday. AMC incorporated a mix of traditional and digital information delivery into the design of the new centre to provide a fresh and memorable experience for visitors and locals alike. Read more about this project here.
Congratulations to AMC’s very own Dean McPherson, who was awarded the inaugural ACT Architectural Professional of the Year Prize at the 2016 AIA ACT Chapter Architecture Awards on Saturday. This award was introduced by the AIA to acknowledge an individual architect who has demonstrated exemplary skills in architectural practice. Amidst strong competition, the jury recognised Dean’s significant contribution to the profession through his project work, commitment to advocating the profession through his representation on a number of industry committees and mentoring of young professionals.
Congratulations to the AMC and SMI teams behind the Meyer Vandenberg Lawyers fitout, winner of the Commercial Fitout, Refurbishment or Alteration ($1m-$5m) category at the recent 2016 MBA Building Awards. A great result!