Australian Capital Territory

The Canberra office has more than 200 employees in Canberra, Nowra and Wagga Wagga who offer the ACT and southern New South Wales a full range of multi-disciplinary services. State-of-the-art networked electronic systems enable our local team to draw on the knowledge and skills of the company's network of 8500 people to deliver the best results for every project.

Canberra is the capital city of Australia and is located in the Australian Capital Territory, which is surrounded by New South Wales. With a population of over 340,000, it is Australia's largest inland city. The site of Canberra was selected for the location of the nation's capital in 1908 as a compromise between rivals Sydney and Melbourne, Australia's two largest cities.

The Canberra office delivers professional services to Australia's defence, science, health, education and telecommunications sectors.

We provide services in the areas of:

  • Project management
  • Development assistance
  • Architecture
  • Landscape architecture
  • Heritage consulting
  • Building services
  • Development and civil engineering
  • Economics
  • Stakeholder solutions
  • Structures
  • Planning
  • Transportation
  • Geotechnical services
  • Environment
  • Water resources
  • Security
  • Training
  • Forestry consulting
  • Defence infrastructure
  • Management services
  • International development assistance

For more information, contact:

Jo Metcalfe
T:+61 2 6113 3200 | F: +61 2 6113 3299 | E: Email GHD in Canberra

Location Address
Level 7
16 Marcus Clarke Street
Canberra ACT 2601
Australia

Postal Address
GPO Box 1877
Canberra ACT 2601
Australia

Canberra Centre Consolidation

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The ACT Government-owned National Convention Centre, Canberra was originally opened in 1989 and has been operated by the lessee, Intercontinental Hotels Group since 2001. It was one of the earliest specialist convention and exhibition facilities constructed in Australia. The inferior state of repair and poor functionality of the centre approaching the end of its life cycle was contributing to a declining market share of major conventions.

The project to reposition the National Convention Centre was initiated by the ACT Government and focussed on improving marketability though achieving value for money in addressing the sense of arrival and place, venue flexibility, delegate amenity and visitor experience. A capital upgrade program to refurbish the facility and achieve compliance with current building standards and reduce operating and maintenance costs was a key part of the redevelopment.


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Joint Operational Command Centre

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The Headquarters Joint Operational Command (HQJOC) project is a signature project for the Department of Defence. It is both its first public-private-partnership project and the nerve centre for a new way of doing business, the Joint Operations Command.

GHD’s project management and technical adviser roles have ensured that Defence will be provided with a new facility that meets environmental objectives and is a state-of-the-art command and control centre.


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Enlarged Cotter Dam, Australia

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A prolonged drought during the late 1990s and early 2000s tested the security of the ACT water supply. In response to this a number of options to increase the reliability of the system during extreme droughts were considered.

GHD was engaged in 2004-2005 to undertake a study to investigate options for the augmentation of the ACT water supply. This initially included the consideration of three potential dam sites and associated pipelines, pumping stations and water treatment plants. The scope was subsequently widened to consider options involving the transfer of water from the Murrumbidgee River to the catchment of the existing Googong Dam. 


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Mint condition

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Redesign extends asset life for a further 25 years

Every single Australian coin in the pockets of 23 million Australians is produced at the Royal Australian Mint located in the capital, Canberra. In an effort to make the production, cultural and historic significance of the Australian currency more accessible, the Mint asked GHD to redesign the existing heritage facility.


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SRLE Roofing Project

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A GHD project team from our Wollongong office has been working with Wingecarribee Shire Council to provide engineering support to assist in the delivery of the Southern Regional Livestock Exchange (SRLE) roofing project located in Moss Vale, NSW.

The AUD4.8 million project incorporated a number of environmental initiatives including thermal insulation, solar panels, and a rainwater harvesting and re-use system that is expected to save 1.8 million litres of water annually.


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AusAid, GHD, Canberra

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GHD designed the 9800sq m fit out for AusAID’s new purpose-built headquarters, located at 255 London Circuit, Civic, Canberra.

The fit out has been designed to visually and functionally reflect AusAID’s mission. It embraces technology and flexibility, evokes a sense of approachability and openness, and balances the agency’s need for security. It also captures the agency’s sense of history and its association with a broad range of cultures.


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Cotter Precinct Development

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The Bulk Water Alliance is currently planning the enlargement of the Cotter Dam as part of Canberra’s water security program.

Cotter Dam is situated in a natural environment that is also one of Canberra’s oldest and most loved recreational precincts. During the development of landscape concepts for the precinct surrounding the dam, viewshed analyses were performed to locate areas that would provide views towards the proposed enlarged dam wall.


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The impact of recycled water irrigation on soils in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT)

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GHD investigated the impacts of irrigation with recycled water on the chemical and physical properties of the soils within the ACT. For several years, the use of treatment plant effluent for irrigation has been accepted as an effective wastewater treatment method and disposal option in Australia. Although it has economic, environmental and social benefits, it is sometimes questioned as an environmentally sound method as wastewater irrigation has been shown to change the properties of soil.

The research project examined three existing re-use schemes, and considered the suitability of a similar scheme in a horticultural precinct. The analysis of chemical and physical test results determined that the soils in the study area experienced physical and chemical changes following wastewater irrigation; however the soils have so far retained most of their functionality.


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Gasworks contamination liability estimate, Australia

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A government client engaged GHD to prepare liability estimates for a portfolio of properties for which it retained a contamination liability.

The project included a desktop review followed by a detailed source-pathway-receptor risk assessment. Contamination liability estimates were then generated for over 100 sites using a beta function with population distributions established based on the outcomes of the risk assessment and a combination of experience and published information.


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Goulburn-Murray Rural Water

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This building, completed in mid-2005, makes a fresh statement in a town that features ageing building stock, while also managing to be a practical and economic structure. The addition to the Kerang in northern Victoria houses Goulburn-Murray Water’s regional administration and engineering staff.

The unusual waveform theme expressed in the shaping of the main and supplementary roofs relates to the client’s waveform logo and to their business of harvesting, storing and distributing water resources across northern Victoria.


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Corin Dam repairs, Australia

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GHD has undertaken site investigations on Corin Dam in Australia’s ACT and recommended design improvements to remediate a safety risk.

Located on the Cotter River in the Namadgi National Park, Corin Dam is one of three dams that hold the water supply for Canberra, Australia's capital city.


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Urban Design and Planning in Canberra’s University Precinct

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A vibrant mixed-use residential, cultural and arts precinct, will create a ‘dynamic heart’ for Canberra that connects the city with the Australian National University.

The Childers Street project arose out of a Australian Capital Territory Planning and Land Authority’s (ACTPLA) City West Master Plan, which was completed in May 2004. The Childers Street precinct is part of a major focus on urban regeneration by the ACT state government.


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Coffs Harbour Water Reclamation Plant, Australia

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GHD played a key role in the new Coffs Harbour Water Reclamation Plant, which is capable of producing reclaimed water of a standard suitable for irrigation.

Our team completed the process, hydraulic and civil design of the plant, in partnership with the Coffs Infrastructure Alliance, which comprised the alliance partners Abigroup, John Holland and Coffs Harbour City Council.


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Anzac Park West Refurbishment

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GHD project management, architects, engineers and security specialists are providing a multi-disciplinary design and documentation service to St Hilliers for the design and construct delivery of this heritage listed building, situated in the parliamentary zone of the Australia's national capital.

. The GHD team has successfully addressed the challenge of cost-effective recycling of a heritage listed building to provide A-grade office accommodation and best practice energy efficiency (4.5 star Australian Building Greenhouse Rating). The scope of the work included options such as chilled water beams.


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Securing Canberra’s water supply

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GHD’s work with the ACT Electricity and Water Corp (ACTEW) on the Cotter Dam is helping to secure the territory’s water supply and raising the bar for sustainable construction. The AUD363 million project involves building a new 80 metre high wall to increase the main dam’s capacity from 4 gigalitres to 78 gigalitres, and building two saddle dams with walls 15-20 m high.

Working in an alliance with ACTEW and construction companies Abigroup and John Holland, GHD has been responsible for engineering design, stakeholder liaison, environmental approvals and safety and quality control during construction. GHD’s analysis identified the best location for the dam wall, and a cost-effective construction method using roller compacted concrete (RCC).


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Bega Bypass

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GHD completed the concept design, detailed design and documentation, review of environmental factors and geotechnical investigations for the Bega Bypass ahead of schedule and under budget.

The project involved a new 3.6 km section of two lane rural highway, three bridges connecting communities with the Bega township, four reinforced soil retaining walls and three intersections. The purposes of the project were to accommodate B-Double movements and to create the potential for reduced crash rates in the area by creating better transport pathways for local communities and highway users.


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Bulk Water Alliance

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The Australian Capital Territory Electricity and Water Corporation (ACTEW) and ActewAGL are using alliance contracting to deliver four large-scale water supply projects to secure water supply for the people of the Australian Capital Territory (ACT).

ACTEW Corporation and ActewAGL have partnered with GHD, Abigroup and John Holland Group to form the Bulk Water Alliance and deliver these projects over the next three years


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Australian National Ports Strategy

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Launched in January 2011, the Australian National Ports Strategy provides a coordinated planning approach to assist Australian governments in planning for port infrastructure and the associated road and rail linkages that connect these important gateways to all Australian cities and towns.

Through the provision of five themed background papers, several presentations and support at two stakeholder forums, one in Melbourne and the other in Adelaide, GHD assisted Infrastructure Australia and the National Transport Commission to develop a draft strategy.


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Jo Metcalfe

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Jo is the Operating Centre Manager for GHD in Canberra, responsible for business in the ACT. She has more than 15 years' experience in professional services management with a proven track record of managing significant property, asset management, planning and architectural commissions. She is also Vice-President of the ACT Property Council of Australia (PCA) and Chair of the PCA’s Planning Committee.

Position: Operating Centre Manager, Canberra
Tel: +61 2 6113 3200

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2012

  • Cotter Dam Discovery Trail, Design Award, Australian Institute of Landscape Architects
  • Highlands Source Project, Excellence Award, Regional Communities Category, Engineers Australia
  • Peter Dunn, Most Valuable Player Award, CareerTrackers
  • Mike Rodd, Professional Engineer of the Year (Canberra), Engineers Australia

2010

  • Christina West, Young Engineer of the Year, Engineers Australia

2010

  • Christina West, Young Engineer of the Year, Engineers Australia
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