Woodhead is currently working to deliver the AFFRIC project; this project involves the design and development of two buildings on land that is owned and controlled by Deakin University and subject to the Waurn Ponds Campus master plan. The project site is located east of the main Waurn Ponds campus, approximately one kilometre from residential development. Briefing, schematic design and design development of this project was completed in April.


The project has two buildings; one to be occupied by the Victorian Centre for Advanced Materials Manufacturing (VCAMM) and the other by the CSIRO. Both buildings are PC2 capable.


VCAMM will occupy the building known as “nj Building”.  This building, when completed, will deliver 2,771 sq m Gross Floor Area (GFA) (not including mezzanine level plant areas) and includes:


  • A highly serviced space for the manufacture of carbon-fibre (CF)
  • A gas oxidation plant to treat oven and furnace waste to worlds best practice
  • An air-conditioned plant control room, rack room for control equipment and a ventilated power room to directly support the operation of equipment on the CF line
  • Specialised plant spaces and storage spaces to support the operation of the CF line, including a cooling water system
  • An Ultra High Purity (UHP) N2 storage facility, industrial grade compressed air and a fire separated room for the storage of precursor material
  • Air-conditioned research laboratories for the investigation of CF and precursor materials, CF processes and other related purposes
  • Air-conditioned office space for administration, meeting rooms, amenities and storage
  • Storage for laboratory and plant waste.


The VCAMM facility is the first carbon fibre pilot line operated by a university in the world and is a unique project. Consultation with stakeholders to ensure that all design parameters are well understood has been critical to the design development of this part of the project.


CSIRO will occupy the building known as “nk Building”. This building, when completed, will deliver 5,286 sq m GFA and includes a high level of specialist integrated equipment such as:


  • Partially and fully air-conditioned and humidified plant halls
  • Temperature controlled and humidified spaces for cotton research
  • Ventilated wet spaces for dying
  • Air-conditioned laboratories and a textile testing facility
  • Office administration, meeting rooms and amities.


The CSIRO facility will comprise a diverse range of equipment for manufacturing, treating, transforming, dyeing, finishing and testing both artificial and natural fibres, together with facilities for research and administration.  Temperature and humidity control is key design factor for housing of fibre machinery, particularly machinery processing natural fibres.


Much of the operations to be carried out at the CSIRO building are being relocated from a nearby CSIRO facility at Belmont.  Most of the operations proposed for the CSIRO building relate to existing machinery whose operation is well understood.

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