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AFP moves toward the future
/ Page 18 / Platypus Magazine / Edition 103 / October 2009 / / AFP moves toward the future 01 The AFP’s ﬁrst oﬃce was a clutch of rooms in downtown Canberra. Thirty years later, it is preparing to move to a customised headquarters building in the Parliamentary Triangle. In 1979, the AFP’s ﬁrst As part of the refurbishment and and now has new carpets, ceilings headquarters was a small ﬁt-out, the AFP is committed to and bathrooms on all ﬂoors. New suite of rooms in the National achieving a high environmental electrical, plumbing, heating and Mutual building in London rating in the building. cooling, and ﬁre and emergency Circuit, Canberra. In 1983, the systems have also been installed. Environmental features in the EBB AFP relocated to NRMA House will include a 280 kilolitre tank The AFP portfolios to be housed in on Northbourne Avenue and, to harvest rain-water for use in EBB are currently located across around three years later, moved toilets and landscape watering, the ACT. Housing its headquarters to its current headquarters at 68 improved access to natural light, function in a single building Northbourne Avenue. high performance double glazing will achieve business and cost The Edmund Barton Building (EBB) on all windows and chilled beam eﬃciencies through centralisation in Canberra’s Parliamentary precinct environmental air conditioning. of national leadership, operational has been selected as the new site Another feature will be the use strategy, management and for the AFP’s national headquarters. of energy-eﬃcient T5 ﬂuorescent enabling functions. During 2010, around 2000 staﬀ lighting with movement detectors After such a humble beginning will relocate to the building. that will switch lights oﬀ when 30 years ago, the AFP is now oﬃces are unattended. After touring the building recently, looking forward to bringing its core Chief Operating Oﬃcer Andrew The EBB is on the Commonwealth business areas together under Wood said the AFP’s new home Heritage List because it exhibits one roof. would allow the AFP to more various heritage criteria including eﬃciently deliver its charter, as its rare and unusual features. well as providing a better working It has aesthetic appeal and is environment for its staﬀ. associated with signiﬁcant people such as its architect, Harry Seidler, “This building fulﬁls all of the AFP’s and Australia’s ﬁrst Prime Minister, requirements,” Mr Wood said. Sir Edmund Barton. “It is large enough to house our The AFP is working to uphold the headquarters operational functions heritage values of the site. The and support staﬀ, and is very development of a café in one of the close to Parliament and other courtyards will realise Mr Seidler’s government departments. original intention for the courtyard “The relocation will bring about area by encouraging greater positive change for the AFP and use of it. its staﬀ. We will be able to perform The building has been refurbished our work more eﬀectively and staﬀ in line with the Property Council of will have access to facilities such as Australia’s A-Grade oﬃce standard, break-out areas.” which means the building has 02 The EBB is a heritage-listed building ﬂoor plates greater than 900 with ﬁve levels above ground, sub- square metres, is well located, has basement oﬃce space and over basement parking, good views 300 car spaces. Approximately and high quality ﬁnishes and 40,000 square metres of oﬃce building services. As part of the 01: The Edmund Barton Building space are contained within the refurbishment the building was 02: Chief Operating Oﬃcer building which was built in the stripped back to its concrete base Andrew Wood 1970s.
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