Offices in Remote Areas, Nhulunbuy
|Client||Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA)|
|Value||$4 million (including base building and fitout works)|
|Timeframe||2006 - 2010|
The Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) required new office accommodation for its operations in Nhulunbuy, a remote town 1,000km from Darwin. Xact assisted FaHCSIA with an assessment of available accommodation which verified that there was no suitable existing office space that met its fitout and accommodation requirements.
It was decided that a purpose-built office complex would be constructed by a local developer and leased by the Department for 15 years. Due to the remote location, the complex was designed and constructed using pre-fabricated units which were delivered to the site by barge.
This project was significant for the level of consultation with local stakeholders including the indigenous community and managing complex works in a remote area. A design was developed that allowed the building the be predominantly constructed in Brisbane and barged to site.
The fitout works required a high level of design co-ordination as, due to lead times in delivering materials by barge from Darwin, there could be no variations once the fitout commenced.