ACT Government Offices, Winyu House, 125 Gungahlin Place, Gungahlin, ACT

role interior architect project value $15.7m completed date March 2015 area 8,400m² client Lend Lease

The ACT Government Gungahlin office fitout is a new initiative in workplace design for the ACT Government. The project was developed as a benchmark facility for ACT Government to drive change, to create a collaborative forward-looking workplace and to influence the emergence of a vibrant and inclusive workplace culture.

As a relatively new entity, the ACT Government’s aspirations and culture are still developing. Extensive research was undertaken to determine the ideal workplace model, which will enable the long term workplace initiatives the Government wishes to establish.

peckvonhartel worked alongside the base building architects to design and deliver an integrated fitout which will be a trial standard for all ACT Government workspace moving forward. With all 670 staff connected vertically and horizontally across a 4 storey open atria, the fitout comprises four defined areas, Public, Meeting/Conference, Workspace and Restricted. The Public Area located on the ground floor includes a reception/security desk and a shopfront facility. The objective was to locate the shopfront within the central building atrium, thereby providing a visual and acoustic link to the rest of the workspace.

This project is an excellent example of how the built form can directly influence workplace behaviours in a positive way. The fitout has responded effectively to the change management initiatives and workplace aspirations of the ACT Government. In addition it has given the client clear benchmark data on workplace strategies, costing projections, acoustic performance and public and secure interface approaches.

The project was successfully delivered on time and achieved the targeted budget.