Reserve Bank of Australia, 20 London Circuit, Canberra, ACT

role interior design project value $3.6 million completed date January 2012 area 875m² client Reserve Bank of Australia

peckvonhartel was commissioned for the fitout refurbishment of the Reserve Bank of Australia, Canberra branch. The Reserve Bank of Australia owns and occupies one of Canberra’s most significant heritage buildings. Located at 20 London Circuit, amid buildings that symbolise power and structure, such as the ACT Magistrates Court and City Police station, the significant Reserve Bank of Australia building demanded considerate attention and detail in the refurbishment process.

peckvonhartel provided a design solution to the Bank’s growth and forward thinking without disturbing the bold heritage features on and within the existing iconic building. Modern banking requirements, which included secure work spaces, private vault access, offices and a heavily AV equipped board room were achieved within the design of the refurbishment. The limited accessibility of the building was successfully updated to comply with current DDA access and usage requirements.

Challenges faced in relation to the building’s heritage status were resolved by peckvonhartel with the use of natural timber veneers and re-use of marble slabs from the original fitout. Original light fittings were replicated to provide an attention to detail that is intrinsic to the significance of the space.

The Reserve Bank of Australia fitout refurbishment delivered the required operational requirements whilst maintaining the strength, security, heritage and iconic status of the original ‘purpose built’ building.