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Ben Chifley Building

The Ben Chifley Building is a special purpose, high-security building, designed with the capacity and flexibility to meet national security needs now and in the future. Located at 70 Constitution Avenue, Parkes ACT, the building offers 45,000m2 of net lettable area, can accommodate up to 1,800 people and can operate 24 hours per day.

On 7th August 2014 ASIO took possession of the building following the main construction and testing phase off the project.

For more information – including about former Prime Minister Ben Chifley – please download the Ben Chifley Building Brochure.

Design Principles

The design of the Ben Chifley Building is in keeping with the National Capital Plan and has been developed carefully to ensure that the new building takes its place amongst government partners within the Parliamentary triangle.

The building design was driven by ASIO’s functional requirements and delivers a high-security facility to protect staff, operations, and national information. Critical functions can continue to operate irrespective of any failures in connectivity to external services. A secure perimeter has been achieved using landscaping elements that are unobtrusive and complement the local surroundings.

The base building, plant and equipment, fitout and formal areas are designed with durable materials and equipment. The building and fitout enables ASIO to adapt to future change and growth. Modular design has been incorporated where possible to enhance ASIO’s flexibility throughout the life of the building.

The building’s design and fitout provides natural light throughout the workspace, clean and consistent air quality, and ergonomic furniture.

Environmental Sustainability

The Ben Chifley Building project has provided the Commonwealth with the opportunity to incorporate environmentally sustainable development and design options. The building design has achieved a 5 star NABERS (Energy) rating for the base building. Achievement of this rating involved a range of renewable energy sources and a variety of energy efficient fittings and finishes.

Environmental initiatives include:

  • incorporating solar panels onto the roof to generate electricity;
  • providing air conditioning via an underfloor displacement system which provides 100% fresh air to each floor for a healthier work environment;
  • harvesting storm water from the roof to in-ground tanks that will be used for landscaping irrigation;
  • providing a dual glass façade to the western side of the building that incorporates an active ventilation system with roof level cavity venting. The vented cavity will remain open in summer to allow the heat to escape and be closed in winter to trap the heat providing insulation to the building; and
  • provision of a glass façade incorporating automated blinds which will reduce solar/heat gain and glare to the work areas.