Australian Cyber Security Centre


The project is a $39,000,000 commercial office fitout of approximately 11,500m². 

The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) brings cyber security capabilities from across the Australian Government together into a single location.  It is a hub for private and public sector collaboration and information sharing to combat cyber security threats.  The ACSC will include permanent representation from the following agencies:

  • Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC)
  • Australian Federal Police (AFP)
  • Australian Security and Intelligence Organisation (ASIO)
  • Australian Signals Directorate (ASD)
  • Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT)



Rudds designed the original base building electrical infrastructure back in 2001 for the conception of the building, its innovative design at the time has allowed for the ACSC fitout to extend upon the existing infrastructure without total replacement of the electrical systems even though the power demand for the site has more than doubled due to the high power demand of the equipment in the fitout.  The electrical system also comprised of an underfloor busduct system to deliver power to the high density workstations.    

 Defence standard communications infrastructure was designed for the ACSC fitout and comprised of both fibre and copper outlets to each workstation for unclassified, protected, secret and top secret defence networks.  The site comprised of more than 100 communications racks to deliver communications service with in the building.

The existing base building air conditioning system comprises of 10 off Air Handling Units in the basement plantroom and 8 off Air Handling Units in the mezzanine plantrooms. The AHU’s are fed from a district heating and chilled water plant also designed by Rudds which feeds 5 office buildings in the Brindabella Business Park. The biggest challenge with this project was the high density of workstations within the office areas which were generating an internal heat load upwards of 100 W/m2. As a consequence a new supplementary chilled water system comprising of a new 700 kW air cooled chiller and pump sets was designed for the building to serve the 37 off supplementary fan coil units in the office spaces and 17 off CRAC units in the Communications and Building Distribution Rooms.

Exposure protection design was the main focus on this project. Rudds conducted a full survey of dry and wet fire services to offer the client the most cost effective solution. We liaised with the fire safety engineer when the engineering brief was prepared and further modified. Rudds gave advice on the possibilities and limitations of the wet fire system. Work included protection of glazing adjacent to external stairs used for fire escape and a new internal stair case connecting three storey of one of the buildings. We also provided advice to the builder when approval from the certifier was sought during construction.

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