Studio-style fit-out poised to begin in Building 15
UTS’s Building 15 has seen a few changes since the 1950s when it was first established on the corner of Harris and Mary Ann streets, and now its latest reinvention is fast taking shape.
Formerly home to the National Cash Register Company, the heritage-listed building was more recently a canvas for TAFE students to practise their signwriting, paint finishes and other decorative techniques. Today, it is known as UTS’s ‘knowledge hub’ – a centre for innovation and entrepreneurship – and is being upgraded to suit a collection of very 21st-century tenants.
As UTS:InProgress readers know, the building is already home to the UTS Hatchery and Hatchery Plus, with the UTS Animal Logic Academy (ALA) and the Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation (BCii) program set to move on to levels 3 and 4 in early 2017. The latest stage of the refit is delivering studio-style workspaces on both those floors.
Preserving the past
Upgrading a heritage building comes with a responsibility to preserve the flavour of its history.
Prior to strip-out of the level 3 and 4 interiors, City of Sydney’s heritage architect made a photographic record of the walls and ceilings still adorned with TAFE students’ decorative paintwork and other finishes. While not original to the building, these artworks referenced an important phase in the building’s existence, now documented for posterity.
Decorative finishes that once adorned the walls of Building 15, courtesy of TAFE students
Work in progress
After six weeks of demolition works and a major upgrade to electrical and air-conditioning infrastructure, mid-October 2016 will see the appointment of a contractor and the start of fit-out for the new spaces – a far quieter process. Both floors will be dominated by large, central studio-style spaces, with the level 4 space to include a screening room where ALA animators can review their work. The fit-out is due to be completed by the end of the year.
Safety hoarding goes up around the Building 15 work site on levels 3 and 4
While the end of demolition should signal a less noisy and dusty phase of the upgrade, those using the building may still experience some impact including moderate daytime noise, truck movements and some reduced lift capacity. We appreciate your patience while we complete this exciting project.
- Fit-out of levels 3 and 4 commences – from mid-October
- Fit-out complete – late December 2016
- IT/AV commissioning – January 2017
- ALA moves into levels 3 and 4 – January 2017
- BCii moves into level 3 – February 2017