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New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade


July 2017



Delivery Method

Construction Management


Studio + Design Architecture

Manteena was engaged by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade to complete the refurbishment of the New Zealand High Commission in Canberra. The project included civil, landscaping, façade works, demolition, structural modifications and the building fit out. External works changed the Forester Crescent entrance to the building to make it a more usable and visitor friendly. These works included the construction of a new porte-cochere and landscaping to lead visitors and staff directly through the entrance. New carparks were also installed as well as a new terrace wet bar entertaining area and a new façade to the lower level of the building.

Internally the building layout was demolished including the removal of all services and asbestos. Significant structural changes were required to allow for the new open plan layout of the building. This required significant planning and programming by Manteena to ensure that these works completed safely and securely. New mechanical, electrical, hydraulics, fire and security systems were then integrated into the fit out to provide modern, energy efficient, safe and secure building.

The New Zealand High Commission is a prestigious, high-profile building, being the foremost representation of New Zealand in Australia. As such, all works were completed to the highest standards with attention to detail. The project fit out includedmany specialist finishes including GRC, Tasmanian Oak, Tawa Veneer, Copper, Granite and Bluestone.

Overall, the project provided MFAT with a high quality, functionable and secure building to meet the expectations of the New Zealand High Commission.

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