The best things come to those who wait – and if you’ve been waiting eagerly for more news on the exciting proposal to build a dedicated Science research facility on the site of Uni Hall, your patience is about to be rewarded with a look at the next steps for this project.
As many will remember, the proposal for a seven-level dedicated Science facility – prompted by increasing demand for high-tech Science research space at UTS – would see the delivery of a range of cutting-edge spaces adjoining Building 4. These facilities would not only support student outcomes and inspire research excellence but boost the potential for greater industry engagement. Read more about the proposed building and its design.
While the original plan expected to see on-site works commence prior to the end of 2017, additional consultation with Science and other key stakeholders to ensure the building is the best it can be has seen a change to the program. So, what is happening – and when?
Five things to know about the project ahead of 2018
- Internal strip-out and decommissioning of Uni Hall could get underway as early as February/March 2018, behind closed doors, with minimal impact on those nearby. New learning space at the Powerhouse Museum will come online ahead of the Autumn teaching session.
- Installation of hoarding and scaffolding on the Turner Lane side of Building 4 is expected to commence in April 2018.
- Harris St footbridge turns into a tunnel, with protective hoarding around and over the footbridge on the stretch between Buildings 4 and 6 also installed from April 2018 (handy on rainy days!). Access to the footbridge will be maintained for all but short periods.
- Demolition of Uni Hall is expected to begin in May 2018 and continue for around three months, taking advantage of the mid-year break, with the aim of completing most noisy works by the start of the Spring session. The project team is currently working with key stakeholders to manage likely impacts.
- Construction of the new research facility will continue until mid-2019 under the current program.
Keep calm and carry on
Major construction projects in the heart of campus always come with challenges, but we have done it before – think Buildings 7 and 11, and a certain ongoing project known as UTS Central – and we can do it again! Rest assured, key stakeholders are being consulted to mitigate impacts wherever possible. As always, your patience is appreciated as this project gets underway.
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