Campus Development: Major Projects Update

Posted 4 November 2016

Biological Sciences Renewal

Construction of the new structure is now complete and installation of the façade is well advanced – the building will soon be water tight. Fitout of the roof top plant room is well underway and major pieces of equipment will be installed in early December. Fitout is progressing on all floors and the lifts are nearing completion.

Subject to Randwick City Council approval, the tower crane will be dismantled and this will involve the closure of Botany Street between Gate 11 and High Street over a full weekend.  Access to UNSW via Gate 11 will be maintained during the road closure.

Fitout will be complete and the building ready to hand over in May 2017, with undergraduate teaching in the new teaching laboratories commencing in Session 2, 2017.

Stage 2 Project – Refurbishment of the existing building

The Development Application for the refurbishment of the existing D26 Biological Sciences Building will be lodged with the Department of Planning and Environment in the coming weeks. It is expected that construction will commence in the third quarter of 2017 and be complete by early 2019.

Science and Engineering Building

The next stage of the enabling works is continuing well. A temporary substation kiosk has been installed in the fenced area west of International House.  A series of building shutdowns commenced in October 2016 for essential electrical substation upgrades as part of the enabling works.   

Roundhouse Refurbishment Project

In July 2016, the iconic UNSW Roundhouse closed (temporarily) to undergo an extensive renovation and refurbishment program. While the character, uniqueness and history of the space will be retained, the new space will feature significant upgrades both internally and externally.

Construction works are expected to commence in December 2016 and the new Roundhouse space is planned to be open by late 2017. While the renovation takes place, plans are underway to install a marquee on the Village Green to hold events. Construction of the marquee is expected to commence in November 2016.

Electrical Engineering Building

The Electrical Engineering Building (EEB) project is progressing and a number of key milestones have been achieved:

  • UNSW Council Funding Approval was given on 15 August 2016
  • Tenderers for the building contractor closed on 30 September 2016 and the tender evaluation is under way with the tender panel.

Construction works are due to commence on the north building in early December 2016, based on completing the procurement process for the building contractor by November 2016.

Final decants from the north building are progressing well and will be completed by the end of November 2016, however a number of laboratory decants will be undertaken by the building contractor in December 2016 following their appointment to the project.