Australian High Commission, Kiribati, Master Plan
|Client||Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade|
|Timeframe||2015 - 2016|
The Australian High Commission in Kiribati is located on the main island of Tarawa, roughly halfway between Cairns and the Hawai’ian Islands. The Department of Foreign and Trade (DFAT) owns both government and residential buildings on the island, including a Chancery, Head of Mission's residence and DFAT staff residential dwellings.
The existing High Commission buildings were first constructed in the early 1980s and had deteriorated significantly due to the harsh conditions and difficulties with arranging maintenance work. The Chancery was expanding with more staff and needed to be updated to incorporate modern security requirements. The Chancery building required an expansion in order to accommodate up to ten additional staff. All new works were to be of high standard and quality and meet security requirements.
DFAT required investigation into potential opportunities including preparation of a Master Plan, noting that most of the existing buildings contained asbestos sheeting and/or insulation. It was proposed that the properties be replaced with up to five new houses with supporting recreational facilities.