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Realising a vision over 100 years in the making

Commonwealth Place

In 2006, on behalf of the Australian Government, the National Capital Authority (NCA) announced the creation of a formal promenade and jetty precinct between Commonwealth Place and Lake Burley Griffin. The idea behind this project came directly from Canberra’s founding architect Walter Burley Griffin and his initial idea for the area to provide a ‘forum for the people’ as well as a ‘water-gate’. 

In 2005 SPG finally set in stone Griffin’s vision. SPG reviewed the complex concave-shaped architectural design of the project and the challenges that constituted its lake-front location.

Commonwealth Place
Commonwealth Place

SPG managed the project and helped resolve significant technical difficulties, most notably ensuring the stability and dimensional control of large sections of recycled timber elements assembled in a complex architectural pattern. SPG was careful to respect the sophisticated architectural detail, while providing the safety rescue provisions for working above water in order to deliver the functional performance of a working jetty and mooring, while having minimal long-term impact on the environment. SPG’s solution was to drain part of Lake Burley Griffin to manage the set-out and installation of steel piles in the lake bed and then restoring the natural order once construction was completed.

SPG helped complete the Canberra architect’s vision and produced a functional, beautiful and environmentally respectful ‘water-gate’ to Commonwealth Place. 

SPG’s reputation for delivering architectural feats that respect and enhance the environment they are built in place us firmly at the forefront of the industry.

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