Large scale project supporting the relocation of two army units to the base with new office, training, industrial and logistics facilities

RAAF Base Amberley Stage 2 Redevelopment

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Department of Defence
QLD, Australia
July 2004 - November 2007
Full architectural services (Head Consultant)

12,241m² GFA - Buildings

11,630m² GFA - Shelters

2ha - Site Area


RAAF Base Amberley, situated in South East Queensland, is the Royal Australian Air Force’s largest base. A main component of the Stage 2 Redevelopment project included the relocation of two army units to RAAF Base Amberley: 9th Force Support Battalion from diverse locations in Sydney, Townsville and Puckapunyal, and 21 Construction Squadron from Gallipoli Barracks in Enoggera, Brisbane.

The project involved the delivery of over 30 individual buildings in the two major precincts. Facilities include offices, centralised training facilities, workshops and Q stores, extensive vehicle shelters, deployment areas and carparking, and area fuel and wash facilities.

The development of environmentally sensitive models for the new facilities responds to the Army’s strong ESD agenda and the desire of the personnel to work in accommodation capable of operating with either air conditioning or natural ventilation dependent on the prevailing climatic conditions. Extensive research and modelling has been undertaken with environmental engineers to ascertain the most appropriate designs for all buildings and many innovative features are incorporated to facilitate efficient functioning.

The relocation of 21 Construction Squadron was deleted from the project scope during the design stage, but was masterplanned to integrate in future with 9 FSB. It was delivered as a separate project in 2008-09.


QLD, Australia


RAIA Darling Downs Regional Commendation
RAIA QLD Commendation
RAIA QLD Colorbond Award for Steel Architecture

Brief Elements

  • Working accommodation
  • Centralised training facilities
  • Workshops and Q stores
  • Extensive vehicle shelters
  • Deployment areas and carparking
  • Area fuel and wash facilities
  • Squadron aid post


  • Delivery of over 30 buildings across a 1.5ha site to stringent Defence requirements and within budget
  • Benchmark set for a new and cohesive precinct through 9FSB relocation
  • Precinct planning designed to optimise exposure to prevailing breezes and access, reflect hierarchical command and relationship to vehicle compounds
  • Tight precinct planning to reduce the development footprint
  • Efficient buildings with uniform structure, simple cost effective materials


Project Manager
Bornhorst & Ward
Mechanical, Electrical & Fire
McKendry Rein Petersen
Hydraulic Consultant
EDAW Gillespie
Landscape Consultant
Acoustic Consultant
Webb Australia Group
Security & Communications
Phillip Chun & Associates
Building Surveyor
Wilde & Woolard
Quantity Surveyor
TVS Partnership & Bassett
ESD Consultant
Bennett Design Group
Food Services
Leighton Contractors
Head Contractor