Australian Future Fibres Research & Innovation Centre (AFFRIC), Deakin University

A complex laboratory project carried out within the existing (and occupied) Geelong Technology Precinct (GTP) building at Deakin’s Waurn Ponds Campus.

The Australian Future Fibres Research and Innovation Centre (AFFRIC) is a collaboration between Deakin University, CSIRO, and the Victorian Centre for Advanced Materials Manufacturing (VCAMM).

It brings together Australia's top fibre and manufacturing scientists to research all aspects of fibre manufacturing, including carbon fibre development, natural fibres, smart fibrous materials and fibres enhanced with nanomaterials, so the Centre required flexible but highly specialised spaces, to promote breakthrough collaborative research.

  • CLIENT

    Deakin University

  • LOCATION

    Victoria

  • YEAR

    2013

  • SCALE

    6,800 sqm

  • VALUE

    $22.6 million

  • PROJECT LEADERSHIP
    Rohan Wilson
  • PHOTOGRAPHY

    Studio 121 Photography

The two-storey fit-out integrates chemical and microbiological laboratory facilities, including imaging suites with electron microscopes for 200 Deakin and CSIRO staff, conference, office and shared laboratory spaces. Building amenity is enhanced with upgraded insulation, new sun-shaded windows, light wells, internal transparency and perimeter landscaping.

The fitout of this facility was the culmination of four previous fit-out projects by DesignInc within this building. Through the project we refined our response to the existing building and how it could support state-of-the-art laboratory and research facilities.

The combined innovative capacity generated by AFFRIC will have a transformational impact on Australia's manufacturing and fibre-related industries…particularly important in Geelong, where we watched the sun set on the glory days of production-line manufacturing.

Professor Jane Professor den Hollander, Vice-Chancellor, Deakin University

Anthony Quan

DirectorSydney

Anthony Quan

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Christon Batey-Smith

DirectorMelbourne

Christon Batey-Smith

DirectorMelbourne
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Richard Stafford

Managing DirectorAdelaide

Richard Stafford

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Ian Armstrong

DirectorSydney

Ian Armstrong

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Rohan Wilson

DirectorMelbourne

Rohan Wilson

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Richard Does

DirectorSydney

Richard Does

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Stephen Webb

Design DirectorMelbourne

Stephen Webb

Design DirectorMelbourne
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Sandeep Amin

Managing DirectorSydney

Sandeep Amin

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Ben Zoontjens

Associate DirectorAdelaide

Ben Zoontjens

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Daniel Walton

PrincipalPerth

Daniel Walton

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Adrian Doohan

Senior AssociateMelbourne

Adrian Doohan

Senior AssociateMelbourne
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George Wong

PrincipalSydney

George Wong

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Sally Brincat

Senior AssociateMelbourne

Sally Brincat

Senior AssociateMelbourne
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Cathryn Drew-Bredin

PrincipalSydney

Cathryn Drew-Bredin

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Garth Davies

PrincipalSydney

Garth Davies

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Darryl Suttie

Senior AssociateMelbourne

Darryl Suttie

Senior AssociateMelbourne
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Mary Anne McGirr

PrincipalSydney

Mary Anne McGirr

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Heidi Lee

Associate Strategic ProjectsMelbourne

Heidi Lee

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Jane Sayers

Associate, DesignMelbourne

Jane Sayers

Associate, DesignMelbourne
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Ben Luppino

AssociateAdelaide

Ben Luppino

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Cameron Smith

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Cameron Smith

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Cheryl Vandenberg

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Cheryl Vandenberg

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Craig Tonkin

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Craig Tonkin

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Jacqueline Urford

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Jacqueline Urford

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Kieran Leong

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Kieran Leong

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Maria Rigoli

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Maria Rigoli

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Megan Walker

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Megan Walker

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Michelle Harris

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Michelle Harris

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Peter Cove

AssociateAdelaide

Peter Cove

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Peter Hardy

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Peter Hardy

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Sandor Duzs

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Sandor Duzs

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Sonya Montgomerie

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Stewart Bradley

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