2018 National Architecture Awards: National Commendation for Commercial Architecture

Australian Federal Police Forensics and Data Centre by Hassell Commercial Architecture: National Commendation Australian Institute of Architects

Jury citation

A collegial and collaborative working environment is a common model for the contemporary workplace but a radical concept for the staff of Canberra’s new Australian Federal Police Forensics and Data Centre. These highly specialized experts in digital, biological and chemical forensics, weapons intelligence, fingerprint and facial identification are used to being separat ed from each other and from the outside world. The new facility provides a workplace that will instead cultivate connections, exchange and the sharing of intelligence. A carefully layered plan separates sensitive areas by using spacious, light-filled and inviting corridors as internal streets, a remarkably calm and collaborative answer to this challenging brief.


Project Team
Mark Roehrs, Mark Craig (project architects), Lucy O’Driscoll (design manager), Neil Hill (design leader), Troy King (interior design leader), Paul Rice (design and documentation), Peter Hastings (construction), Rocco Dascoli (project coordinator), Cheong Kuen, Keith Hayes (documentation), Nguyen Luu (BIM manager), Luke Kingsbury (documentation control), Adam Hetherington (codebook briefing coordinator), Daniel Kallis (landscape architecture lead)
Acoustic consultant NYD
Builder Cockram
Building certification consultant McKenzie Group
Civil consultant Brown Consulting
DDA and OHS consultant oneGroup
EMF consultant NYD
ESD consultant NYD
Facade engineering Arup
Fire consultant NYD
Forensic expert Ed van Zalen
Geotechnical consultants ACT Geotech Engineers
Heritage consultant Navin Officer
Mechanical, electrical and hydraulic consultant NYD
Project manager RPS (formerly Point Project Management)
Site survey consultant Landmark Surveys
Structural consultant AWT
Vertical transport consultant NYD
Site details
Location Canberra,  ACT,  Australia
Site type Urban
Category Commercial / public buildings
Type Workplace
Project Details
Status Built
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