Emergency Services Agency Facility

Completed
2010

Location
Canberra

The new Emergency Services Agency (ESA) Facility at Fairbairn Business Park redefines how emergency services are coordinated within the ACT. The complex consists of a two-storey headquarters office building, a vehicle maintenance workshop and a secure vehicle compound. The master plan places a large, open forecourt adjacent to the two ESA buildings. This establishes a joint entry point into the complex and creates a shared outlook from both buildings. The workshop is rotated in such a way that allows for more efficient vehicle circulation through the building into the secure yard, while simultaneously helping to frame the entry forecourt. The headquarters office and the vehicle workshop contain a series of common design features that allow the buildings to read as a pair and aesthetically tie them together. Both buildings have large glazed portions of the facade facing onto the forecourt, with striking blade walls and awnings. Consistency is also achieved by the use of similar materials.