Building works for a vast and vibrant new research facility have begun – and if you’re wondering why you haven’t seen any sign of it, that’s because it’s south of the university campus in Botany.
The off-campus facility is set to usher in a new, more collaborative way of working for FEIT researchers initially. In the future, the space will also open up opportunities for researchers from other faculties – and even industry partners – to come together in the one facility, encouraging the cross-fertilisation of ideas and innovation.
An artist's impression depicting the floor plan of the new Botany research facility
Why are we building it in Botany?
The industrial park in Botany where the research facility is situated is the most accessible location to campus offering the space required for a project of this scale. Its location close to Sydney Airport is also likely to enhance its appeal for potential future industry partners.
Fast facts about the project
- The 8,500sqm facility in Lord St will incorporate engineering workshops, laboratories and activity-based workspace, collaborative break-out spaces as well as informal areas and barbeque facilities.
- Shape Group, which has completed various projects for UTS in the Tower and Building 10 – and most recently a refurbishment of two levels in Building 5C – has been appointed as the builder for the project.
- Staff are anticipated to begin relocating into the new facility in late 2017/early 2018.
- Construction is targeting final completion in the first quarter of 2018.
This artist's impression showcases the workshop area of the facility
A collaborative space within the Botany research facility is depicted by this artist's impression