Building 2 to go out with a bang as heavy demolition begins
The time has finally come. Following the closure of Building 2 at the end of June 2016 and four-and-a-half-months of strip-out and other preparatory works, we are ready to say our goodbyes.
In what is a historic moment for the university, Building 2 – which opened in 1980 as the home of the School of Architecture and Building – will start to be demolished on Monday 14 November.
The time has come to farewell the current Building 2.
While the following months will be the most impactful period of the project, the pain will be short-lived, and we’re asking the university community and beyond to remain focused on why and what we’re building – a new centre of excellence in the heart of campus to accommodate future growth, increase our research capacity and industry engagement, and provide our students with the facilities to prepare them for jobs of the future.
Demolition by degrees
Taking the building down to ground level over the following four months will involve a systematic process of collapsing the building in on itself, floor by floor, using small excavators to break down the structure. Debris will be loaded onto trucks in the Jones St work site and removed via Thomas St.
The remaining walls, scaffolding and hoarding will provide some insulation from demolition noise. But while the method of demolition, scheduling – after exams when most students are off campus – and other mitigation measures will all help to minimise impact, demolition and noise unfortunately go hand in hand.
Prepare for impact
So for anyone close to the impact zone – particularly those working or studying in Buildings 1, 7, 10 and 11 or on the Green, the message is to be prepared and keep in mind that what you are hearing is the sound of progress! By March 2017, demolition will be wrapping up, ready for construction of the new Building 2 to begin, which is expected to be less impactful. At which point, all can breathe a sigh of relief!
A growing gallery
The gallery along Jones St, featuring artworks created by UTS graduates on the Building 2 hoarding, will be extended into Alumni Green and Broadway over coming weeks.
The 'gallery' on Jones St will extend to Alumni Green and Broadway.
The inspiring Alumni Green gallery will be especially worth a visit, with an interactive section outside the Building 1 doors onto Alumni Green inviting current students – the voices of tomorrow – to share their aspirations. Other panels will feature a lenticular, 3D-effect graphic showcasing the new building, portraits and quotes from UTS students, and a design consisting of the word BEYOND in mirrored letters.
Graphics will also be installed along the Broadway hoarding in due course, so keep an eye out in December.
- 11 November–early December – graphics installed on Alumni Green/Broadway hoardings
- 14 November 2016 – demolition begins
- March 2017 – demolition complete, construction begins
- March 2019 – new building opens for Autumn Session
Construction of the new building begins in March 2017.
Visit the UTS website or Staff Connect (staff only) for further information on this and other projects. For enquiries about this project or the contractors, please contact email@example.com.