University of Canberra Scrivener Building Thynne Street, Bruce ACT

role Interior Design value $2.5 million area 4,500m² completed date July 2011 client Manteena, University of Canberra

peckvonhartel was engaged to design and deliver a building refurbishment of the Scrivener Building located in the Bruce district, ACT. This building is now occupied by various administrative departments from the University of Canberra, currently spread throughout the entire campus.

The project involved the relocation of ten user groups into the Scrivener Building with group staff numbers ranging from 6 to 71. To ensure the design philosophy and delivery of the project satisfies each of the relocated departments, peckvonhartel has liaised extensively with each user group to confirm their unique current requirements and their prospective needs.

The internal refurbishment includes new offices, fittings, fixtures and lobby signage; as well as a new 200m2 data centre to service the Scrivener Building.

A key design outcome for peckvonhartel and the client is the creation of a cultural change within the University by using a new model of office environment that is predominately open plan and promotes the sharing of communal areas, such as breakout spaces and utility areas. These communal hubs promote greater integration between departments with pleasant views to the surrounding gardens and internal courtyard.

The Scrivener Building refurbishment was delivered under a tight construction program and a restricted budget.