What’s happening with the Albermarle building in Woden?

Hacketthead 18 October 2012 7

Does anyone know what’s going on with the Albermarle Building in Woden? 

The ground floor is all boarded up.  It looks abandoned. 

Juliana House in Bowes St, Woden is also deserted.


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Leo61 Leo61 9:46 am 19 Oct 12

Juliana was vacated at least 12 months ago. Geocon Constructions will convert it to one of the “Abode” style hotels as per the new one in Tuggeranong.

c_c c_c 10:36 pm 18 Oct 12

bronal said :

It’s rumoured that the AFP uses Alexander for anti-terrorist training (including abseiling) and, indeed, strange lights can sometimes be seen in Alexander early in the mornings. As far as the future is concerned, the most persistent rumour I’ve heard is that it’s too costly to refurbish A and A and so they will be demolished and the site used for residential purposes.

It’s not a rumour, you see them there during afternoons often training off the side of the building. Other times their distinctive 4x4s are outside and they’re carrying gear inside.

Dacquiri Dacquiri 9:55 pm 18 Oct 12

Meredith Clisby did a story on this in the CTimes or the Chronicle but I can’t locate it online. Try here for the application: http://www.wvcc.org.au/wvcc/index.php/develop/phillip-development-application-201221372-address

JessP JessP 9:01 pm 18 Oct 12

Juliana a hotel?

They will have to move the cockroaches out first!

Hacketthead Hacketthead 8:42 pm 18 Oct 12

Hey thanks Bronal and Dacquiri. When I joined the Public Service straight out of school in 1991, Julie House was the first place I worked. I didn’t know Penguin House was also vacant, we (Dept of Human Services) moved in there in late July this year.

Dacquiri Dacquiri 7:51 pm 18 Oct 12

There was a recent announcement that Juliana House (ah, I worked there in the 1990s…) is to be turned into a hotel.

bronal bronal 4:33 pm 18 Oct 12

The Albemarle and Alexander Buildings were vacated in early 2010 when DoHA moved to the Sirius Building. Also Penrhyn House, although it seems to have been partially reoccupied. I didn’t realise Juliana had been vacated as well. It’s rumoured that the AFP uses Alexander for anti-terrorist training (including abseiling) and, indeed, strange lights can sometimes be seen in Alexander early in the mornings. As far as the future is concerned, the most persistent rumour I’ve heard is that it’s too costly to refurbish A and A and so they will be demolished and the site used for residential purposes.

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