Work ramps up on site of high-tech Science Research Building
- A dedicated Science Research Building with seven levels of cutting-edge labs and facilities is being constructed in the heart of the UTS campus.
- The timeline for the demolition of the former Uni Hall and construction of the new building has been confirmed, with the building due to be complete in 2020.
Initial works are underway for a new, high-tech Science Research Building that meets growing demand for purpose-built science research space in the heart of campus.
The vision for a new Science Research Building constructed on the site of the former Uni Hall was , with the striking seven-level facility to house a range of labs designed to support high-impact and innovative research, while also enhancing the university’s potential for industry engagement. It is being built as an addition to Building 4 and will have seamless connections with the existing Science building. A new pedestrian thoroughfare between Harris St and Alumni Green will also be created.
The new high-tech facility will include space for Advanced Analytics, Chemical Synthesis, Phenomics and Translational Medical Science. The themes of each floor represent the Faculty’s areas of research excellence and projected growth, with each floor fitted-out with the most up-to-date research equipment and technologies.
“The labs have been planned for research excellence and impact. For example, the Translational Medical Science lab will provide infrastructure to rapidly translate novel genomic and imaging research discoveries from the laboratory to pre-clinical trials and eventually with commercial support to the clinic. The floor would thus facilitate bench-to-bedside development of cellular therapies”, said Professor Dianne Jolley, Dean of the Faculty of Science.
“The Faculty has an excellent reputation for engaging with industries. The vision for the Advanced Analytics Lab is to be Australia’s leading accessible analytical chemistry research facility for academia, industry partners, small and medium enterprises, and end-users. The Lab will produce highly trained specialist mass spectrometry scientists for the pharmaceutical, biological, clinical, food and environmental industries”.
“The Science Research Building will be a high-profile research space that consolidates the research infrastructure of the Faculty of Science and facilitates integrated and collaborative research across the Science disciplines, and with other disciplines from across UTS”.
Demolition of Uni Hall begins soon, followed by excavation of the site. Construction of the new facility will commence in the second half of this year and the new building is expected to be complete in October 2020.
What will be happening?
The first phase involves preparatory works, including installing hoardings around the site, shutting down building services, and stripping out fittings and furnishings. The second phase, demolition, will begin this month (February 2019). This work is complex as only the part of the building housing Uni Hall is being removed while the rest of Building 4 will remain in place. The site will then be excavated, with digging into the bedrock to create space for basement levels, before construction of the new building begins.
What to expect
The site for the new building is in the heart of campus, surrounded by the Tower, Bon Marche (Building 3) and Building 4, as well as Alumni Green. The central location means that works will have some impact on the UTS community, however the project is being carefully scheduled and managed to ensure that impacts are minimised.
Staff located close to the site have been contacted with detailed information about the project.
Generally, this is what to expect:
- Access to the Harris St Footbridge
The footbridge may need to be closed briefly while hoardings are installed along the site boundary. It’s expected that the footbridge will otherwise remain open throughout the project, however there may be a need for other temporary closures. Access changes will be advised via signage and other campus communications. As the hoardings will be installed on the footbridge itself, the pathway across will be narrower.
- Access to Turner Lane
Turner Lane is now completely closed to both cars and pedestrians. Staff who use the lane for deliveries have been contacted to make alternative arrangements. Pedestrians will need to use a different route.
- Noise, dust and vibration
As is expected with a construction project of this size, there will be periods where noise, dust and vibration will be noticeable to people nearby. Initial works are not expected to be disruptive, however the noise will increase once demolition begins. The noise and vibration will be most noticeable during excavation, which will take place between April and August 2019. Noise levels will reduce once construction is underway, however some noise should still be expected until construction is complete in early October 2020.
Need more information?
More information about the project and the new building is available at the Science Research Building project page. Updates on construction and buildings features will be provided periodically here in the campus news.
If you have any questions or feedback related to the project, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org.