UTS Central: Demolition on course for March completion
With just a few weeks of demolition to go, the project to take Building 2 down to ground level continues to power along.
Set to be finished in mid-March - ahead of the exciting (and less noisy!) construction of our new building – the demolition process has seen hard-working excavators steadily crunch through levels 8, 7 and 6. In the last few weeks, level 5 was rapidly chewed up and spat out (to use a not-so-technical term!), leaving only level 4 remaining.
From various spots in and around campus, great views of the demolition works are being enjoyed now that the scaffolding has been substantially dismantled. In addition, two timelapse cameras on the roofs of Building 10 and Central Park are busily snapping a record of the final weeks for one of UTS’s legacy buildings.
For those with a connection to Building 2, don’t forget to say your goodbyes before it’s too late!
Level 5 is fast disappearing as demolition progresses.
It wouldn’t be possible without
While the construction crew has been working hard (including over the Christmas close-down) to ensure demolition is completed by the start of the Autumn session, this project wouldn’t have been possible without the patience and cooperation of staff and student across campus, as well as our precinct neighbours.
Apologies to all those bearing the brunt of the noise, including those in the medical centre and elsewhere in the Tower, as well as occupants of Buildings 7, 10 and 11. Thanks for bearing with us a little longer.
What to expect in coming weeks
While demolition of level 5 has taken around three weeks, work on level 4 will take around twice as long, owing in part to the size of its slab. Demolition work is anticipated to be complete around mid-March, ahead of students returning for Autumn session. During the final weeks of demolition, for some people it may sound as though the works are a little noisier. This is mainly because, as the work gets closer to the ground, there is less of the external structure remaining to absorb the noise. These levels of noise are expected to continue until demolition works are complete.
Excavators hard at work demolishing Building 2
During March, there will also be some changes to the Broadway perimeter of the work site to create access for trucks to enter. Traffic controllers will be on site during work hours to ensure the safe separation of trucks and pedestrians. Please be especially vigilant when using the Broadway footpath. Construction trucks leaving the site will continue to exit via Jones St.
One of the first signs that construction is imminent will be the installation of the first of two mighty tower cranes at the northern end of the work site. A mobile crane, similar to the 500-tonner that removed the original building's roof beams in 2016, will erect the giant crane, known as a luffing jib, which can lift up to 24 tonnes and has a reach of up to 60 metres. Weekend installation is scheduled for minimum disruption to university activities.
- Mid-March 2017 – demolition complete
- March 2017 – creation of Broadway access to the work site for construction trucks
- March/April 2017 – construction commences
- March/April 2017 – preparatory works for the assembly of two major tower cranes
Visit the UTS website or Staff Connect (staff only) for further information on this and other projects. For enquiries about this project or the contractors, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.