In a unique collaboration between GHD Woodhead, Aurecon, Cundall, Oxigen, Rider Levett Bucknall and Aquenta, the Edinburgh Design Team was created to undertake the role of masterplanning, architecture, engineering, heritage, interior design and graphic design for the Hardened and Networked Army Facilities at the Edinburgh Defence Precinct (EDP) in South Australia.

The Hardened and Networked Army (HNA) project at Edinburgh is the largest design contract ever let by Defence, encompassing the redevelopment of a large part of the RAAF Base at Edinburgh, and includes the delivery of 56 individual buildings providing working accommodation, administration support, training facilities, messing, base infrastructure, maintenance and storage facilities for the 7th Battalion Royal Australian Regiment (7RAR) to move from Darwin to the Edinburgh Defence Precinct in South Australia.

The innovative project creates a new benchmark for facilities for the Army to meet evolving demands of potential operational environments, technological change in the training and prosecution of conflict and emerging social attitudes towards treatment of personnel and their families. The project drove a generational redevelopment of RAAF Base Edinburgh giving rise to the planning, urban design and site infrastructure commensurate with a 21st Century Defence facility. The project includes more than 50 new buildings, designed to reflect the traditional values of the Edinburgh site, and also to create a new standard of amenity for personnel, achieving a sustainable working environment compatible with civilian standards and international military models. The application by the design team of the Defence Force Green Building Requirements and Environmental Sustainable Design (ESD) performance standards, particularly investment in water and energy saving elements, has positioned the HNA EDP Project as a flagship for Defence and an ESD benchmark for large scale developments throughout the country.

The Edinburgh Defence Precinct is located 25 kilometres north of Adelaide’s CBD and houses:

  • Defence Science and Technology Organisation,
  • RAAF Base Edinburgh,
  • New facilities for the 1,100 strong 7RAR Battle Group.