UTS Chancellery upgrade: behind the hoardings
As regular UTS: InProgress readers know, the Chancellery is currently undergoing a refurbishment appropriate for a venue that hosts many external engagement events and meetings with visiting VIPs.
With the site works off limits to all but the project team and contractors, we take a peek behind the hoardings to find out what’s going on.
Mission concrete clear-out!
With considerable external and internal demolition on the site, one major question that emerged was how to remove the tonnes of concrete debris that resulted from the demolition process.
The UTS campus was considered far too busy to truck out the concrete by day, so the solution was to cut the concrete into easier-to-manage blocks and spirit them out under the cover of darkness, with most of UTS none the wiser. Mission complete!
Concrete blocks await overnight removal.
Some of the demolished concrete came from a heavy, overhanging ‘edge’ beam running along the façade of level 4B. Given Building 1’s unusual structure, two independent structural engineers were called in to confirm that it was safe to remove, and fortunately both gave the thumbs up.
With the beam now gone, the façade has been opened up, allowing natural light to filter into the main void area and fulfilling one of the key criteria of the refurbishment.
With the edge beam removed, the interior receives far more light.
Quiet – events in progress
With the Great Hall regularly hosting important events, noise has been a significant consideration for the project.
While there’s no such thing as a no-noise construction project, the team has been able to schedule the noisiest works for out of hours. In addition, a program of work restrictions is used to manage the impact of noise during important events on campus.
If you are holding an event near to the UTS Chancellery, please be conscious of works happening nearby. The refurbishment may produce low-level noise during business hours, and higher impact noise from 9pm. Rest assured, the project team and contractors are committed to minimising noise wherever possible so that events and activities can continue as usual.
Thanks to everyone impacted for their ongoing cooperation. Your patience is appreciated.
What’s next for the refurb?
The heavy demolition is now complete – with a welcome reduction in noise – and the focus has turned to construction, with the interior fit-out making rapid progress as walls and services are installed.
Over coming weeks, the internal fit-out and installation of services ductwork and cabling will continue. The façade and interior joinery are both currently in production off-site.
The coordination of boardroom services is in progress.
- Internal fit-out complete – November 2016
- Testing and commissioning – late November 2016
- Delivery of refurbished Chancellery – early December 2016
Further information and feedback
Please visit Campus development news for periodic project updates or Building works on Staff Connect (staff only) for more information.
For enquiries or feedback regarding the project or contractor, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.