Access Canberra Woden Service Centre

peckvonhartel’s ACT Government project, the Access Canberra Woden Service Centre, was officially opened by the Minister for Regulatory Services, Gordon Ramsay, on Friday 3 March 2017. The new modern and innovative fitout will accommodate approximately 350 Access Canberra staff and will allow them to provide a better service to the community.

Located in the Cosmopolitan Centre on Bowes Place in Woden, the 3,400sqm fitout has been designed as a flexible Activity Based Working (ABW) environment which will assist to drive a positive change in workplace behaviours and develop a new collaborative social culture. A range of work settings are provided to enable greater flexibility for teams to adapt to evolving business requirements and provide options for staff to work comfortably in an environment that suits their needs.

Innovation and a strong connection to the community desired by Access Canberra is what makes this fitout unique. Fun is a key aspect, with bright, colourful finishes and artwork and wall graphics by local artists and photographers, breakout area [work it zone] with treadmills, ping pong meeting tables, the Diner with neon lights and diner style booth seating and the stadium which has tiered grandstand style seating for collaboration, presentations, staff meetings and social club gatherings.

Craig Simmons, Director at Access Canberra, said “the project [is] a game changer for us as an organisation and as an example to the rest of the ACT Government about what can be done in an office fit-out. Our people and visitors have been amazed at what has been achieved in the look and feel, the design in both layout and colour are exceptional.” 

The project was delivered under budget at $5.82 million and cost about $975 per square metre, which is less than an average modern office fitout of between $1,000 and $1,200.

peckvonhartel also designed and delivered the ACT Government’s offices in Winyu House, Gungahlin which was opened in May 2015. This project included the first Access Canberra shopfront and was developed as a benchmark facility to drive change, to create a collaborative forward-looking workplace and to influence the emergence of a vibrant and inclusive workplace culture. The initiatives developed in this project have helped other ACT Government departments to learn from this model and develop flexible workplaces which promote collaboration.