Department of Home Affairs Accommodation Program

Drawing on our many years of experience managing government infrastructure and property programs, our project management team has delivered a new purpose-built office space for staff from the Department of Home Affairs.

Challenge

With the restructure and merger of several large Australian federal government departments in December 2017, office space for the staff of the newly formed Department of Home Affairs was needed.

Engaged as project manager and contract administrator, our expert team of consultants was appointed to lead the project to accommodate the staff of the diverse new government department which includes the former Departments of Immigration and Border Protection, Infrastructure and Regional Development, Social Services, and Prime Minister and Cabinet, and the Attorney General’s office.

The accommodation program included consolidating the numerous office environments, managing the procurement process for four new sites, and coordinating the renovation and fit-out of the offices with consideration of stringent security and sustainable design requirements.

Interior of Department of Home Affairs.

Solution

With its inner-suburb appeal and addressing all the requirements of the brief, 5 Chan Street in Belconnen was selected as one of the four office buildings for the Department of Home Affairs.

Given the high-level security measures and design requirements, the entire seven floor building was stripped and refurbished by our team to make way for a contemporary, purpose-built office environment.

Completed on time in May 2020, the newly renovated office environment features:

  • a secure and security rated building
  • office space with a six-star National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS)
  • upgrades to all mechanical, fire, hydraulics and electrical systems
  • a new communications system
  • an open plan office space with ergonomic workstations, collaboration spaces with integrated IT and AV capabilities, and executive office spaces with detailed joinery, and acoustically treated walls and ceilings
  • multi-function meeting rooms with flexible furniture options, operable walls, and detailed joinery with integrated IT and AV capabilities
  • central breakout areas on each floor featuring detailed joinery with integrated white goods and banquette seating, and flexible furniture options
  • detailed architecture including snake lighting, lobby joinery and reception counter with integrated building control function
  • new training suites with multipurpose rooms designed to accommodate a range of training activities
  • base building upgrades including lift upgrades, end of trip facilities and car park access.

The procurement and renovation of 5 Chan Street is one of four buildings RPS is contracted to deliver on behalf of the Department of Home Affairs. We completed the office buildings at 3 Molonglo Drive and 45 Benjamin Way in September and December 2018; and stage 1 of 6 Chan Street was finalised in December 2019. Stage 2 of 6 Chan Street is anticipated to be complete in November 2020.

Project stats

17,314m2
commercial office building
6-star
National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS) rating

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