Department of Education & Communties, IT Directorate
KANNFINCH recently planned, designed and delivered a new centralised space for the IT Directorate of the NSW Department of Education and Communities. The 7500sqm storey fit-out is located in the Australian Technology Park, Redfern, and is spread over 3 levels. The key challenges, which KANNFINCH achieved, involved the initial planning for a strategic facility overhaul for the department to bring the organisation, spread across Sydney, to a central then integrate these findings into the fitout design to deliver an interactive, functional and flexible workspace suited to ITD’s needs.
A sense of unified identity is achieved through the design based on thinking blue skies, treetops and open spaces, a reflection of the department’s emphasis on creativity, flexibility and education, supported by the open plan, linea workstation system, colourful transportable furniture and fresh finishes.
Being an educational IT directorate there were very specific technical requirements in the brief, such as the technology test labs and the numerous floor to ceiling white board walls allowing for flexible and spontaneous think tank sessions.
Sustainability initiatives were integrated throughout the planning and material selection, such as open plan work area oriented to the perimeter of the building, maximising natural light and less reliance on mechanical air. Wherever possible, green star rated furniture, fittings and equipment were specified.