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ASIO Headquarters Canberra

The new ASIO Headquarters building is the largest Commonwealth building project in Canberra since the construction of the new Parliament House.

ASIO Headquarters Canberra

Designed by Architectural firm Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp, (FJMT) the New ASIO Headquarters building is the largest Commonwealth building project in Canberra since the construction of the new Parliament House.

On the northern shore of Canberra’s Lake Burley Griffin, in the heart of the prized parliamentary triangle, a concrete and glass monolith now stands. On a site the size of three city blocks and with floor space measuring 62,000 square metres, it is the biggest construction project Canberra has seen since the new Parliament House, which was the most expensive building in the Southern Hemisphere when it was opened by Queen Elizabeth in 1988.

This grand edifice is to be the new home of Australia’s premier spy agency, the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO). Costed at a staggering $630 million, the building is a fitting abode for an organisation that has grown over the past decade into one of the most powerful government bodies in the land – its staff numbers trebled, its budget increased more than six fold to $438 million per year.

 

 

The building will accommodate up to 1800 people and operate 24 hours a day. It is the most conspicuous and symbolic statement of ASIO in its history.

The New Building developed by Lend Lease with Mechanical services design by AECOM Canberra utilises Holyoake under floor air distribution technology.

The energy efficient design features under floor air distribution incorporating Holyoake access floor perimeter water source-air induction units in combination with internal zone adjustable floor swirl diffusers and with trafficable fan coil units interspersed throughout the building to provide a highly efficient and flexible floor plate throughout this major government office building.