Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering Precinct Development Project

The new School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering Building will give the next generation of young engineers a vibrant, contemporary and engaging research environment, helping to ensure Australia’s long term international influence in the sector.

The Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering Precinct Development project (MMEPD) aims to improve the access and facilities of Willis Annexe and the Mechanical Engineering Building on University Mall. These buildings encompass the consistent architectural language of 1960s campus buildings and although they have been subject to a number of adhoc alterations and additions over the last 50 years, this is the first time they have been the subject of a major capital renewal project. 

  • Award – Educational Architecture, Australian Institute of Architects’ 2016 NSW Architecture Awards.

  • Create a new identity and visibility for the School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering. 
  • Clarify and improve access between Willis Annexe and the Mechanical Engineering Building, via Willis Lane
  • Construct a new 4000m2, five level building to the south of the Mechanical Engineering Building
  • Develop a new School Office on Level 1 and undertake significant refurbishment of over 10,000m2
  • Increase informal collaborative student spaces on the ground floor of the Mechanical Engineering Building
  • Implement appropriate sustainability initiatives to ensure a resource-efficient and adaptable building
Key design features
  • A new 350 seat lecture theatre and various new formal teaching spaces
  • A new collaborative student space and café on the ground floor, connecting Lyons Gardens and University Mall
  • Showcase the laboratory and workshop functions in Willis Annexe, externally and internally
  • Construct new purpose designed CATS and computer laboratory spaces
  • Improved the internal circulation and linkages
  • Facade upgrades will retain the character of the existing buildings

For more information, please read the latest edition of the MMEPD Project newsletter or contact Project Manager Joe Santangelo at

MMEPD Project Newsletter January 2015
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Project contacts

UNSW Senior Project Manager
Joe Santangelo, email: