After 18 months of construction, the efforts of a 1200-strong workforce and the challenge of accommodating both academics and athletes, UTS’s new, high-tech facility at Moore Park is a breath away from completion.
Located just a stone’s throw from the Sydney Cricket Ground and Allianz Stadium, the Australian Rugby Development Centre (which will be known as the Rugby Australia Building when it opens) will see UTS’s sector-leading sports scientists and physiotherapists co-locate with elite athletes from Australia’s national rugby teams in a facility designed to support high performance in the lab and classroom, as well as on the field.
When is it opening?
The first facility of its kind in the country to embed university facilities within a major sporting precinct, the building is set to reach practical completion in late September 2017. Staged relocations will see staff move into the building later in the year, with the building to open for teaching from the start of the Autumn 2018 session (with a few classes being held over summer).
What’s happening now?
Perhaps the question should be: what’s not happening now! With the building watertight since August 2017, the focus in recent weeks has been fully on the interior fit-out. Partition walls are flying up, flooring is being installed, painting is in progress, and joinery for display cases and other fixtures is largely completed. Operable doors – nine in total, including a set on level 5 that opens to a rooftop space with running track – are also being installed.
Furniture and technology – including interactive pods with touch screens in the GTS, low-line lounges and ottomans in student spaces, and seating for the multi-purpose sports hall – will be delivered shortly. On levels 3 and 5, eye-catching graphics of a hurdler and a sprinter will also be installed as a constant reminder of the building’s purpose – to take sport and exercise science and physiotherapy to the field.
- Practical completion – 29 September 2017
- Official opening – 27 October 2017
- UTS staff relocations – November–December 2017
- Teaching begins – March 2018 (start of Autumn session), with a few classes being held over summer
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