D-Day (that’s Demolition Day!) is fast approaching for Building 2
UTS is in for a smashing time over the next few months, following development approval from the Department of Planning and Environment for the demolition of Building 2 and the construction of a new UTS landmark at the heart of campus.
Artist's impression of UTS's new landmark from Broadway
Demolition is scheduled to begin on Monday 14 November, following exams – when the campus is traditionally at its quietest – to minimise the impact on students and staff.
Here’s an overview of the likely program of activities over coming months:
- October–mid November 2016: Contractor Richard Crookes Constructions is currently removing waste from the interior strip-out and carrying out structural strengthening of the lower levels 1–4 (which will remain). A new emergency egress is also being created from level 4 of Building 1 out to Broadway. In late October, a crane located in Jones St will remove the concrete roof beams.
- Mid November 2016– March 2017: Heavy demolition begins. Rather than demolition by explosives or wrecking ball (dramatic but not exactly discreet!) the building will be collapsed in on itself, floor by floor, allowing the exterior walls to insulate the surrounds from the worst of the noise and dust. (Look out for more on the art of demolition in a future UTS:InProgress.)
- March 2017: Construction of the new building begins.
Did you know?
The concrete beams currently supporting Building 2’s roof each weigh up to 32 tonnes. Prior to their removal, they will be separated, and then removed via a 350-tonne mobile crane located in Jones St. Keep an eye out for this work in the last week of October – it should make for a spectacular sight.
Scaffolding Building 2 ahead of the start of demolition works
While the project team and contractors are taking all possible steps to minimise the impact of the Building 2 works on UTS and the local community – we think you’d agree that the strip-out underway in Building 2 to date has been relatively harmless – a project of this scale in the heart of campus will cause a level of disruption and inconvenience and we appreciate everyone’s ongoing patience. Here is an overview of what to expect over coming months:
- Noise: Moderate until mid-November 2016, then extremely loud at times during the demolition phase before returning to moderate levels from March 2017. Those working, studying and hosting/attending events in close proximity to Building 2 will be most impacted.
- Dust: While some dust is inevitable, the contractor will make every effort to keep dust to a minimum by hosing down the site regularly.
- Access: Jones St access will be impacted for the duration of the project. With only the western footpath now open to pedestrians and cyclists, it is likely to be congested at times so please take care and be patient. Read our top tips for staying safe on Jones St. Access between the Tower and Broadway has also changed with the side doors on level 4 closed to allow construction of a new emergency egress to Broadway. All access is now via the main entry/exit doors on level 4.
- Visual: Safety hoarding and scaffolding will continue from Jones St around to the Broadway façade. While hoarding may not make for the most attractive backdrop to a construction project, UTS has seized the opportunity to transform the Jones St hoarding into a gallery, courtesy of a series of dynamic artworks by UTS graduates. Plans are in the works for a similar art ‘canvas’ along the Alumni Green perimeter and on the soon-to-be installed hoarding on Broadway.
While the construction program has taken into consideration an agreed number of major university events taking place on campus, to avoid potential disruption of your meeting or event as a result of construction activities, please book a space away from the works site.
Hoarding artworks from UTS graduates have created a gallery along Jones St
How are we minimising impact?
To ensure the impact of the works is lessened as much as possible, the project team is taking the following steps:
- installation of insulated hoarding at the interface of Buildings 1 and 2 to minimise noise transfer
- dust suppression through the use of hand-held hoses
- interruption of services scheduled outside business hours
- noise and vibration monitors installed at various locations around site to enable independent assessment of impacts.
Thanks for your understanding and for bearing with us as we work to transform Building 2 into a vibrant hub for students and research.
- Mid-November 2016 – internal strip-out complete, demolition begins
- March 2017 – demolition complete, construction begins
- March 2019 – new building opens for Autumn Session
Visit UTS Central or Staff Connect (staff only) for further information about the project, or read the article A Tower with a Twist. For enquiries about this project or the contractors, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.