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Old PM&C building is now dust

By Jmy Belco - 14 June 2007 34

I walked by National Circuit yesterday and found a hole in the ground where the PM&C building used to be. Has anyone got any photos of the old building, or of the demolition work, to share?
Another 30-year-old building bites the dust (been to Belconnen lately?) – it’s a shame we are so hell bent on deleting the architecture of this period (1968-1980).

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Old PM&C building is now dust
Kramer 9:05 am 15 Jun 07

Also having been inside the ABS building a number of times, I can say that it is a fantastic example of current design. Their huge atrium in the middle of the building, with open bridges crossing it at each level is very cool – although unfortunately so in winter.

VicePope 9:02 am 15 Jun 07

Agree wholehearertedly on buildings having character, but I suggest that their main purpose is to facilitate work. The two I mentioned had features that seemed to get in the way of the work that was being done there.

Any views on the workability of the DFAT building which looks pretty good to an outsider and very occasional visitor?

Kramer 9:01 am 15 Jun 07

“The belconnen buildings were absolutely fantastic and brilliant…”

Obviously spoken by someone who has never had the “pleasure” of working in one of the buildings.

West_Kambah_4eva 8:49 am 15 Jun 07

The belconnen buildings were absolutely fantastic and brilliant examples of what made Canberra Canberra. They are/were in my view beautiful and I think we really are losing a large part of what Canberra is by ‘deleting’ them. I assume we’ll have some hideous neo-Indigenous art/iPod amalgam like the new ABS building now popping up everywhere now to replace the ones being knocked down.

p1 11:25 pm 14 Jun 07

I have wondered about the relative efficiencies of the old “cement monstrosities” versus the new, sexy “glass box” style buildings. I mean, the cement ones are pretty space inefficient but all that glass! Surely it makes thermal regulation harder. Although, Canberra is pretty cold so i guess the increase in heating in winter out weighs the cost of cooling in summer.

Any list of whacky office buildings in Canberra wouldn’t be complete without Callum offices in Wodern.

Incedently, some random googling turned up that, and several other nice pics of some of Canberra’s random architecture at this persons FlickR Page.

futto 10:32 pm 14 Jun 07

where is the plan to build “sustainable” public buildings…not ones you need to knock down after 20 years.

ant 9:14 pm 14 Jun 07

I always quite liked it. It used to house the Public Service Board, and it was called McLaughlin Offices. We used to half-joke that PM and C got the Board abolished so they could grab our building.

VicePope 8:39 pm 14 Jun 07

I worked in it for a few years. Believe me, it wasn’t a great building in a lot of ways with lots of walkways and bizarre corners that no-one ever seemed to find a way to use.

Better, however, than Cameron Offices in Belconnen. Now that was less than fun.

jacross 5:31 pm 14 Jun 07

Oh what a terrible shame, paved paradise, blah blah blah.

If you didn’t want it to die you should have made an offer to buy it.

soulman 5:00 pm 14 Jun 07

Maeliner, you’re right. The GeoScience Australia Building for example features cutting edge design features such as a geo-thermal climate control system. It was custom built for Geoscience Australia, cost a large amount to build and is not suitable for any other purposes other than those of Geoscience. And yet, this cutting edge building that some of you may have seen near Narrabundah has a life cycle of only 20-25 years according to Geoscience management. What happens in 25 years time that would make it’s lifecycle end?

Frankly, I’m glad to see the PM&C building go. Compared to the new one next door, there is no comparison. But aside from looks, the PM&C building seemed to suffer from “concrete cancer”. The concrete exterior had a lot of cracks and discoloration.

Sammy 5:00 pm 14 Jun 07

That old PM&C building was fugging ugly.

Maelinar 4:43 pm 14 Jun 07

BTW, several industry insiders have told me that construction standards nowdays are designed for building lifecycles of only 25 years.

Get used to seeing the bulldozer and the crane, at a neighbourhood near you.

boomacat 4:40 pm 14 Jun 07

Was that the odd looking thing with the purple coloured louvres? Good riddance to bad rubbish I say, same to those vile concrete Orwellian monstrosities in Belco…

Maelinar 4:27 pm 14 Jun 07

That building was arse, and if you liked it, then you must be wrong in the head.

Good riddance.

RandomGit 4:12 pm 14 Jun 07

I thank the maker that we are deleting Belconnen in this way.

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