30 May 2023

Work set to start on multi-level John Gorton car park after contract awarded

| Ian Bushnell
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John Gorton Campus carpark

What the car park will look like next to the John Gorton Building in Parkes. Image: Department of Finance.

The Federal Government has wasted no time awarding a contract for the multi-level John Gorton Campus Car Park in Parkes that will serve staff in nearby Barton where the National Security Office Precinct will be developed.

The five-level car park cleared environmental hurdles earlier this month and the Department of Finance has now selected the Indigenous-owned company, Barpa, to design and construct it following a competitive procurement process and other government approvals.

Work is due to start mid-year.

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Barpa has delivered a range of construction projects across remote, regional and urban areas in Australia, including 27 Scherger Drive, an office building completed last year at Canberra Airport’s new Fairbairn East Gateway precinct and tenanted by the Department of Health and Aged Care.

The $80.8 million Parkes project will provide 1070 spaces and include a 170-space childcare centre, end-of-trip facilities and electric vehicle charging stations.

It is an enabling project for the National Security Office Precinct and will replace parking where the new precinct will be built in Barton opposite the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s R.G. Casey Building.

The project will also include upgrades to access roads and the Kings Avenue and Blackall Street intersection, and landscaping.

As well as replacing the displaced car parking on the York Park site, the John Gorton car park will support worker and visitor amenity, including for nearby cultural institutions such as the National Gallery of Australia, the National Portrait Gallery and the future Ngurra Cultural Precinct.

Finance says the security precinct and associated infrastructure will have a number of public and private tenants and is expected to be occupied by a range of Commonwealth agencies including the Office of National Intelligence and parts of DFAT.

Tenants will be confirmed after the completion of detailed planning and functional design work, expected in the middle of this year.

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“The precinct will provide enhanced public amenities to the wider Barton area and include a mix of retail, hospitality and services that have the potential to be active day and night,” Finance says.

“The type and number of commercial services will be determined during the future design phase, but is likely to include cafes, restaurants, a gym and some retail.”

About 5000 staff will be calling the precinct home by the end of the decade.

The car park and child care centre is due to be completed in late 2024, while construction of the security precinct will start early in 2025.

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Canberra is becoming a city of multi storey car parks. Not the most attractive prospect.

michael johns11:25 am 31 May 23

Can’t believe that the NCA happily approves a multi story carpark in the parliamentry triangle but objects to a set of tram tracks running through the streets.

well of course, mercedes and audis fit in carparks, but they don’t fit in trams

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