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22 June 2021

ACT Government School Upgrades | School Interior Design and Fitout

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Formation Workspaces was engaged to provide school interior design and fitout, detailed documentation and project management services for the delivery of eight school projects across Canberra. The works were part of the ACT Government’s 2020/2021 public school infrastructure upgrades budget.

The works were delivered in stages over a period of five months which encompassed the design, documentation and construction process from start to finish, with a total project value of $1.8M. The scope of works delivered by Formation Workspaces at each site included site investigation and surveying, school design development, design coordination, project management and construction phase delivery, commissioning and handover services.

The education fitout project delivered a variety of projects across the school sites, including refurbishment of school foyers, receptions and cafeteria, office fitouts and renovation of bathroom amenities.

Formation Workspaces brought our considerable experience in the delivery of government, commercial education sector projects by designing effective school interior design and construction solutions that could be delivered within an accelerated schedule, while being highly durable to suit the needs of primary and high school environments and minimising disruption to student education.

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26 June 2020

Courtyard By Marriott | Sydney Office Refurbishment

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Located near Macquarie Park station, Courtyard By Marriott in North Ryde offers contemporary accommodation in a prime Sydney location. The hotel primarily caters to business travellers and offers modern hotel rooms, guest suites and amenities.

Due to the hotel’s proximity to the business hub of Macquarie Park, the hotel operates a number of corporate meeting and function rooms and provides catering for corporate and other events.

Formation Workspaces was engaged in 2018 to redevelop the hotel’s office-style conference and meeting room facilities. The scope of office refurbishment services included the delivery of concept design and construction documentation and building contract administration. The scope included all conference, meeting and function spaces within the hotel.

Formation Workspaces considered the guest experience from the outset of the office fitout process, ensuring the resulting construction works could be completed with minimal disturbance and disruption to hotel guests.

Our approach was to modernise the existing facilities by addressing both the function and aesthetics of the conference and meeting spaces. Feature acoustic panelling in a custom-designed, contemporary geometric pattern was installed in the conference room to provide enhanced acoustic performance. New joinery units were designed specifically for inclusion in the space, and existing lighting was assessed and upgraded to improve the ambience. Contemporary furniture by Prostroria was supplied to the renovated conference rooms to complete the modernised look and feel of these spaces.

Formation Workspaces expertly managed the request for tender process, assisting Marriott with the engagement of building contractors. We provided professional contract administration services to ensure the successful completion of the conference and meeting rooms and associated building works. Formation Workspaces worked closely and collaboratively with Marriott management and the building contractor to successfully deliver this project with minimal disruption to hotel operations.

Formation Workspaces understands the value of a well-considered meeting room or office refurbishment, and is pleased to work with hotel operators in Melbourne, Canberra and Sydney to deliver their next commercial fitout project.

28 May 2020

Office of the Official Secretary to the Governor-General | Office Fitout

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Formation Workspaces was engaged by the Office of the Official Secretary to the Governor-General (OOSGG) to provide lead design consultant services for the re-development of their workspaces within the Honours Building, located on the grounds of Government House in Canberra.

The Governor-General is the Chancellor of the Order of Australia. The Honours Secretariat is responsible for administering and researching nominations for the Order of Australia, in addition to various other honours and awards for civilian and military service.

This office interior design and fitout project sought to transform the existing workplace practices of Secretariat staff. Formation Workspaces managed a close user consultation process, including workshops and surveys.

The consultation process helped us to fully understand the working needs of the various user groups within the space, while promoting staff buy-in and their successful transition into a new space and working system.

Office fitout works involved the interior modification of the original, dated workspaces into a modern office space that provided staff with quiet workstation areas to effectively facilitate individual research work.

Outside of the quiet workstation zone, a number of collaboration and meeting spaces were built to accommodate teamwork and one-on-one consultation, while excluding noise from entering quiet zones. Ergonomic sit-stand workstations were combined with modern IT fixtures including dual monitor arms and CPU holders to free up functional desk space for the user. Acoustic treatments were specified throughout the work areas to effectively manage noise within the space.

Following successful completion, Formation Workspaces was subsequently re-engaged by the OOSGG to deliver a second stage of office fitout works within the Honours Building. This included the conversion of existing storage spaces into functional office space which aligned with the office design concept of the first stage, and a re-design of the building’s workshop spaces.

Formation Workspaces is proud to provide comprehensive office fitout design and construction management services to meet the needs of the OOSGG and other government clients who perform valuable functions of significant benefit to Australian society.

30 October 2019

Northrop | Canberra Office Fitout

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Established in 1976, Northrop is an Australian-owned engineering consultancy with eight offices and 400 staff across New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory, Queensland and Victoria. Northrop provides consultancy services across civil and structural engineering, building services and sustainability engineering disciplines.

To accommodate their recently expanded team, Northrop leased a new 660m2 base build tenancy in the Canberra city centre. Formation Workspaces delivered this Canberra office fitout project in conjunction with building contractor Acacia Projects using a ‘design and construct’ methodology. Formation Workspaces provided detailed office interior design, layout and construction documentation and comprehensive construction phase services.

We worked closely with the building contractor and client to develop a practical office design that met and exceeded Northrop’s stringent design brief and reflected the firm’s brand identity and working principles. Design and construction works were successfully completed within tight project timeframes.

The office fitout design drew upon activity-based working principles to drive collaboration and teamwork within and across engineering disciplines and teams. The layout included 60 individual sit-stand workstations, three expansive meeting rooms with video conferencing facilities, four smaller team breakout rooms, and casual meeting pods located throughout the floor plan.

The workspaces were complemented by a large open plan kitchen and ‘cafe’ situated between private and public spaces within the office design. The kitchen and café open into a wide gallery that can be expanded to a large function space when required. The gallery showcases Northrop’s impressive portfolio of construction projects and is traversed to access the conference and meeting room facilities.

The office lobby features a custom-designed reception desk and green feature wall with an embossed concrete sign, providing an impressive entry that conveys strength, trust, dependability and sustainability: elements that are central to the service offerings of Northrop.

As one of the leading Australian office fitout companies operating across Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne, Formation Workspaces brings significant expertise to commercial interior design and office fitout projects.

5 September 2019

Veritec | Commercial Office Fitout

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As a leading office fitout company, Formation Workspaces provides high quality workplace designs and construction documentation based on sound interior design principles that drive modern collaborative working cultures and reflects organisational identity.

Veritec is an Australian-owned information technology company that specialises in leading digital transformation projects for the public sector. The company employs over 150 staff across offices in Canberra, Sydney and Melbourne.

Formation Workspaces delivered this office fitout project in collaboration with Acacia Projects using a ‘design and construct’ methodology. We worked collaboratively with the building contractor and client to develop a practical office design that fully addressed Veritec’s brief, budget and organisational culture. Formation Workspaces provided interior planning and detailed construction documentation influenced by activity-based work principles to encourage collaboration and teamwork amongst staff.

This office fitout design centres around an expansive breakout hub. The breakout space contains full-sized kitchen facilities, café-style seating space, various breakout work and informal meeting spaces – encouraging staff to step away from their desks and collaborate in a way that best suits their task. This breakout area also provides ample space for recreation and breaks while doubling as an event space, allowing Veritec to hold large functions.

Branching off the hub is the quiet work zone, which includes 60 individual sit-stand workstations, a number of individual offices, four large meeting rooms, a formal boardroom, video conferencing facilities, and small meeting pods.

The office fitout employed a bold blue colour scheme to complement Veritec’s branding and implemented industrial detailing, including polished concrete floors and exposed service ceilings in the breakout hub. Acoustic treatments were specified throughout the space to ensure noise levels were appropriately managed.

16 April 2019

ADFA Amenities | Fitout Canberra

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The Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) is a military academy located in the Canberra suburb of Campbell that provides military and tertiary academic education for junior officers of the Australian Defence Force across the Royal Australian Navy, Australian Army and Royal Australian Air Force.

Tertiary education is provided by the University of New South Wales (UNSW) Canberra campus. In addition to educating future leaders of the Australian Defence Force, UNSW campus also provides postgraduate programs and short courses both to Department of Defence personnel and the general public.

ADFA engaged Formation Workspaces to redevelop the existing toilet facilities in Building 1 of the Campbell precinct. The scope of services included delivering concept design, fixture specification and the production of detailed construction documentation.

The scope of work encompassed the design refurbishment of all bathroom spaces and kitchenettes within Building 1. The works involved installation of new and modern fixtures, basin and tapware and lighting. Internal finishes were specified with new floor and wall tiling, joinery and partitioning.

Formation Workspaces proudly provides amenity and education fitout services that support the training and growth of future leaders of Australia.