Tower transformation: the story continues
No sooner have staff from ITD and SAU settled in to their new spaces on levels 11, 12 and 15 than tool belts are being strapped on for the next Tower refurbishments.
Levels 20 and 21
Levels 20 and 21 of the Tower have been a ghost town since FEIT moved to the other side of Jones St in 2014, but not for much longer. Within weeks, a major overhaul will begin in preparation for the floors’ new occupants.
Moving in during September 2016 will be:
- Level 20 – approx. 83 staff from:
- International (partial move from level 3)
- Advancement (moving from level 7)
- Shopfront (moving from level 16)
- Corporate Relations (moving from level 7)
- External Engagement (moving from level 7)
- Level 21 – approx. 52 staff from the Institute for Public Policy and Governance (IPPG, formerly the Centre for Local Government).
Level 21 also incorporates shared meeting rooms for administration staff.
Artist impression of level 21 – the new home for IPPG
The project is part of the broader Tower upgrade program, and reflects UTS’s ongoing commitment to delivering great spaces for staff, while consolidating administrative units within the iconic Tower.
As with other recently refurbed floors in the Tower, open-plan workstations hug the perimeter of levels 20 and 21, with shared facilities and directors’ offices located in the core. Level 21 tweaks the model just a little, with shared meeting rooms around the perimeter and a small number of private academic offices occupying part of the core.
Interestingly, while all the Tower floor refurbishments begin with the same structure, the end result is dramatically different for each, reflecting the requirements of individual occupants.
The design for both 20 and 21 is the work of Gardner Wetherill & Associates, who are also behind the recently completed learning and workspaces in Building 10. With the concept design approved and detailed design now finalised, we can share a few of their style secrets:
- Corporate colour palette, furniture choices and finishes – think recycled and veneer timber panelling, leather seating and herringbone-pattern carpet
- Shopfront entry on level 20 – distinguished by student-friendly colours and inspiring illustrations.
- Meeting rooms – glass walls feature dark, powder-coated aluminium framing. This nifty safety device doubles as a stylish feature.
- Flexible floor plan on level 21 – five meeting rooms looking out to Thomas St will progressively be reconfigured in coming years to accommodate workstations for more than 20 additional IPPG staff by 2019.
Artist impression of the striking UTS Shopfront entry on level 20
Impact of the works
- During construction, low-level noise may be experienced on floors immediately above and below (apologies particularly to those conducting training on level 22). However, the noisiest activities, such as demolition work, will take place between 10pm and 7am to minimise disruption. Those impacted will be communicated with in advance of works.
- Once hoardings go up, there will be no access to levels 20 and 21, except for construction crews and project staff.
- Lifts B and F will continue to be used as construction goods lifts – hence the very attractive protective MDF cladding!
- Head contactor appointed – early April 2016
- Construction begins – mid April 2016
- Fit-out complete – late August 2016
- Staff relocate – September 2016
Please email Ben Jenkins with any questions about the project or contractor.
Elsewhere in the Tower: Level 25 upgrade
The Tower upgrade really is a top to bottom transformation!
Down on level 4, the UTS Chancellery is preparing for its first major refurbishment in more than two decades.
Meanwhile, 21 floors above the Chancellery, preparation work is also underway for a part-floor refurbishment (on level 25) to accommodate staff from Student Services Careers’ team, who will relocate mid 2016.
Artist impression of the floor plan for the Careers team
Designed by architects Burtenshaw Scoufis, the space will be refreshed in line with other levels of the Tower, indicating that the Careers team is set to enjoy airy, light-filled accommodation (not to mention those views!). With construction work scheduled to get underway in early April, for completion by late June, there are a couple of things to keep in mind:
- The work site will be contained during the project and only those authorised will be able to access it.
- As with levels 20 and 21, the noisiest works will be conducted out of hours. To PQU, which shares level 25, and those on the floors immediately above and below (GSU, MCU and FSU), thanks for bearing with us.
Please email Deborah Bates with any questions about the level 25 project or contractor.
Keep reading UTS: InProgress for details of all these projects over coming months.