Client: Australian Competition and Consumer Commission
Size: 14,000m² approx.
Date: 2005 – Present
AMC commenced working with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) in 2005, as they embarked on the relocation of their head office in Dickson to new premises in New Acton in Canberra City. New Accommodation standards were development and agreed as part of the project briefing, and then implemented as new fitout and/or refurbishment works for other ACCC offices around the country. The new 5,000m² + fitout was located over five floors in the first building in the New Acton precinct, and included sweeping views over both the city and Lake Burley Griffin. The fitout was designed to achieve a logical arrangement of core offices and perimeter open plan workstations, with a highly efficient circulation system. The interior design theming and associated palette of colours were neutral yet sophisticated.
AMC worked to a very tight time-frame for the design and documentation for this first commission, to ensure that firstly the ACCC were able to vacate their existing building before the expiration of the lease, and secondly to ensure that the fitout documentation was issued to the base building contractor in sufficient time to allow the seamless integration of the fitout into the base building construction program.
Following the successful completion of the Canberra project, ACCC engaged AMC to undertake new office fitouts in Adelaide, Brisbane and Sydney, as well as the expansion of their existing Melbourne office (into additional levels of the same building). Then in 2012 AMC were again engaged to designed new accommodation to further expand their Canberra office into the new Nishi Building, which was under construction adjacent to their existing office. New PRODAC standards meant that it was appropriate to challenge the existing accommodation model and develop new accommodation standards for the ACCC moving forward. Furthermore, as the Nishi Building was in itself an unusual building, it was appropriate that to the ACCC corporate image be changed. The fitout aimed to establish new design principles and a fresh palette of materials and colours to inform their future accommodation needs. Key principles included the use of linear desks to reduce space requirements, electric sit to stand desks to discourage sedentary work practices and environmentally friendly and sustainable finishes selections. The new concept also included exposed concrete soffits and services, polished concrete floors and a unique use of raw and natural materials. This new accommodation model has been adopted by the ACCC as they look to undertake the next round of office fitout projects.