Installation of exterior hoardings around Building 2 about to commence
While the exterior of Building 2 is a hive of activity at the moment, with the installation of a mural on Broadway, the building will soon become the scene of very visible construction activity as the contractor begins erecting safety hoardings around the exterior perimeter. Pending approval, demolition of the existing building will then commence in late 2016.
To date, most of the construction activity on site has been hidden from view inside Building 2, with the contractor busily stripping out interior walls on levels 1, 2 and 3.
But from next week (29 August) anyone in the vicinity of Alumni Green will see work commencing on the exterior hoarding that will eventually envelop Building 2, pending approval from the City of Sydney. It is expected this will take about two-and-a-half weeks. Once complete, the hoarding will provide a two-metre-plus barrier around the future construction site.
So what does all this mean for our UTS community and others in the vicinity of the works?
Access changes right around the Building 2 perimeter
You will still be able to get where you’re going, but you are likely to need to make some changes to your usual route around Building 2 once the hoardings go up. Key changes include (refer to diagram below):
- The footpath between Building 2 and Alumni Green will close (highlighted orange on plan)
- A large section of Jones St between Broadway and Thomas St will close (highlighted orange on plan). Pedestrians crossing Jones St will need to do so outside Building 7 or at Broadway
- Those walking along Jones St will need to use the western footpath outside Buildings 10 and 11
Traffic controllers will be on site to ensure the safety of Jones St for pedestrians at all time. However, students, staff and the public must remain vigilant at all times in the area.
Building 2 hoarding plan
Hoarding installation program
The program for the hoardings (highlighted red on the plan) is as follows:
- The hoardings will begin to go up on Alumni Green, just outside the Building 1, level 3 doors, from Monday, 29 August
- They will then continue in an anti-clockwise direction along the edge of the Green, across Jones St to the western kerb and up to the Broadway intersection
- Once this hoarding is in place, and pending the appropriate permit, the contractor will commence installation of a hoarding along Broadway in front of Building 2. Designed to carry the weight of scaffolding, while providing overhead protection for pedestrians walking below, this hoarding is set to be complete by late September
- Following the erection of the hoarding, scaffolding will begin to encase the building in preparation for its demolition
Jones St will become the main access to the work site for construction traffic
A substantial part of Jones St between Broadway and Thomas St will be incorporated into the construction site for the project.
Construction traffic will enter the site from Broadway and leave the site via Jones St (refer to green arrows on the plan), turning left and right along Thomas St. Traffic management will be in place at both the entry to and exit from the work site. However, construction traffic will be heavy at times and everyone is requested to remain alert and take special care when near the Building 2 work site.
Change to Building 1 access and fire egress at the corner of Broadway and Jones St
From about mid-September, when the hoarding along Broadway goes up, there will no longer be access to Building 1 from the side glass doors on the Broadway/Jones St corner as the area will become part of the construction zone. By early October, work will commence on a new fire egress tunnel that will connect the existing Building 1, level 4 egress stairwell to Broadway. This will mean occupants in the Building 1 basement as well as levels 3, 5 and 6 can continue using this stairwell in the case of an emergency.
Amenities will be relocated or removed for the duration of the project
The hoardings will mean that some amenities need to be relocated or removed for the duration of Building 2’s transformation. The outdoor lunch tables on Alumni Green just outside the Tower doors on level 3 will be removed, while the adjacent storage area for Alumni Green furniture will be relocated. The footpath seating that runs alongside the Green, outside Building 2, will not be accessible, nor will the benches on the Broadway/Jones St corner outside Building 2. The street lamp near the Broadway/Jones St intersection will be removed, and the post box will be relocated further along Jones St.
Your patience and cooperation is important – and appreciated!
Dealing with the impact of a large construction project in the heart of campus won’t always be easy. However, we ask you to bear with us and keep in mind the proposed transformation of Building 2, which will deliver a vibrant new student and research hub in the heart of campus. Now that has to be worth some inconvenience!
Find out more:
UTS Central project page
UTS Central Staff Connect page (UTS staff only)
Artist impression of proposed design for Building 2 from Jones St, post transformation. Credit: FJMT