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Work begins on Gungahlin penal battalion headquarters

By johnboy - 21 October 2013 20

gungahlin place and valley avenue

Andrew Barr has announced the start of construction of the complex to house those ACT Public Servants so unloved as to be despatched to deepest darkest Gungahlin.

Construction is about to start on the new ACT Government Office Block on the corner of The Valley Avenue and Gungahlin Place in the Gungahlin Town Centre.

Local development company the KDN Group, together with their project partners Lend Lease, AECOM, William Boag Architects and peckvonhartel were chosen after a rigorous evaluation of five high quality submissions.

An agreement for lease has been signed and it is expected that the building will be ready for occupation by mid 2015.

Accommodating about 600 ACT Government staff, the office block will be built to a high environmental standard with a minimum 4.5 star NABERS rating and provide A-Grade standard accommodation. An ACT Government shopfront and a child care centre with about 90 places will be included in the development.


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UPDATE: Andrew Barr’s office have sent in some design renders of the building complete with ghostly employees!

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Work begins on Gungahlin penal battalion headquarters
FB 2:17 pm 23 Oct 13

Zeital said :

I’m still not convinced that moving all of the ACTPS to one place is really the best idea.

Since when has the ACT PS only employed 600 people? WOW we mus have failry efficent Public employees. My hats off to you boys and girls

steveu 5:01 pm 22 Oct 13

Pork Hunt said :

Growling Ferret said :

I can guarantee there would be plenty of Gungahlin residents / potential staff happy to have <5 minute travel time and free parking as opposed to a 30+ minute commute and $13 a day for the pleasure of parking in the city.

I can guarantee the introduction of pay parking in Gungahlin by opening day…

Yeahp!

And you will have half of them driving across town to get to there, as a 90 min bus trip each way simply isn’t worth it.

davo101 11:15 am 22 Oct 13

Roundhead89 said :

Oh God, open plan offices. That sort of thing went out in the 1970s.

What planet have you been on for the last 30 years?

Anyway it would appear from the renders that we looking at an activity-based office (or what is described as hot-desking without a desk).

Spiral 10:41 am 22 Oct 13

Roundhead89 said :

Oh God, open plan offices. That sort of thing went out in the 1970s.

They did. But then Energy Efficient Building came in and suddenly they all had huge open central areas. Though this one does seem a bit more open than most Energy Efficient ones I’ve seen.

It looks a bit like they got the plans for the Caroline Chisholm Centre in Tuggeranong cheap and then modified it. I wonder if they used the same architects. If so they had better use a different building company unless they like the glass panels falling off.

Zeital 10:26 am 22 Oct 13

Pork Hunt said :

Is “butch” a new collective noun for stupid people?

No that is just me failing to check before I post >> or am I starting something?

Roundhead89 10:07 am 22 Oct 13

Oh God, open plan offices. That sort of thing went out in the 1970s.

pink little birdie 9:59 am 22 Oct 13

wildturkeycanoe said :

Why do they build offices with massive big voids in the middle like in the picture? They could have put in another 300 people if the huge hole had floors in its place. Any other structure would have to comply with some kind of density figure, why not the “open air” government? Waste of space.
Also, with all the upcoming redundancies as promised by the Liberal party, who exactly is going to work here? There’s going to be a lot of vacant seats…..

Considering its a building for the ACT Public Service rather than the Federal Public service I’m going to take a wild guess and say the ACT Public Service.

Pork Hunt 9:48 am 22 Oct 13

Zeital said :

Growling Ferret said :

I can guarantee there would be plenty of Gungahlin residents / potential staff happy to have <5 minute travel time and free parking as opposed to a 30+ minute commute and $13 a day for the pleasure of parking in the city.

Sure and the rest of us get to enjoy a 45min trip on the parkway/GDE with a butch of other stupid people on the road all heading to the same place.

I’m still not convinced that moving all of the ACTPS to one place is really the best idea.

Is “butch” a new collective noun for stupid people?

Zeital 8:35 am 22 Oct 13

Growling Ferret said :

I can guarantee there would be plenty of Gungahlin residents / potential staff happy to have <5 minute travel time and free parking as opposed to a 30+ minute commute and $13 a day for the pleasure of parking in the city.

Sure and the rest of us get to enjoy a 45min trip on the parkway/GDE with a butch of other stupid people on the road all heading to the same place.

I’m still not convinced that moving all of the ACTPS to one place is really the best idea.

wildturkeycanoe 6:49 am 22 Oct 13

Why do they build offices with massive big voids in the middle like in the picture? They could have put in another 300 people if the huge hole had floors in its place. Any other structure would have to comply with some kind of density figure, why not the “open air” government? Waste of space.
Also, with all the upcoming redundancies as promised by the Liberal party, who exactly is going to work here? There’s going to be a lot of vacant seats…..

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd 11:05 pm 21 Oct 13

Not cool to make light of penal battalions…

Pork Hunt 9:44 pm 21 Oct 13

Growling Ferret said :

I can guarantee there would be plenty of Gungahlin residents / potential staff happy to have <5 minute travel time and free parking as opposed to a 30+ minute commute and $13 a day for the pleasure of parking in the city.

I can guarantee the introduction of pay parking in Gungahlin by opening day…

dkNigs 9:16 pm 21 Oct 13

I’d rather work there than Tuggeranong.

Growling Ferret 9:01 pm 21 Oct 13

I can guarantee there would be plenty of Gungahlin residents / potential staff happy to have <5 minute travel time and free parking as opposed to a 30+ minute commute and $13 a day for the pleasure of parking in the city.

neanderthalsis 4:07 pm 21 Oct 13

At least they will be able to catch the tram if they find that they need to visit the mothership.

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