Remove the ear plugs, come out from under the desk and celebrate – UTS has survived the demolition of Building 2, and can now look forward to the exciting (and slightly less impactful) process of building our dynamic new student and research hub.
Achieving the demolition milestone – which was exceptionally challenging given the tight timeframe and the fact we were demolishing a major building in the heart of our campus – was only possible with the patience and understanding of the UTS community, supported by the careful planning and hard work of the project design and construction teams. Thank you, all.
Building 2, encased in scaffolding ahead of demolition in November 2016
Building 2 at the completion of heavy demolition
Things are looking up …
…And in more ways than one! The end of demo and the start of construction should usher in a period of less noise and vibration. However, construction is by no means quiet work and those working or studying in close proximity to the work site will still hear construction noise as our striking new building takes shape. However, the impact is likely to be less intrusive overall, and the days of office and classroom desks doing the shimmy- and-shake are largely over.
Goodbye excavators, hello cranes
One of the more visible recent signs that the focus has shifted from destruction to construction was the installation of a tower crane in the Alumni Green corner of the work site recently (a second tower crane is expected to arrive in July 2017).
One of two tower cranes that will play a major role in the construction of Building 2
For those who want to impress colleagues and friends with their knowledge of cranes, ours is a ‘luffing jib’ type crane (known as a ‘luffer’ by construction crews). The jib (arm) of the crane can be raised from an almost horizontal position to vertical, making it a popular choice for confined urban construction sites. At full height, the tower crane stands taller than Building 11, and it has a maximum jib length of 55m, slightly longer than an Olympic-sized swimming pool.
Thanks for bearing with us during the crane’s installation, which required a few temporary access changes. But you must admit, it’s quite impressive – both during the day and after dark, when illuminated UTS signage on the crane tower lights up the night sky.
What’s coming up?
Over coming weeks, construction activity will focus on the first concrete pours for the new building’s footings, columns and lift core, to which all the floors will be anchored. The tower crane will also swing into action, lifting reinforcement, formwork and equipment for the concrete pours. In a few months, progress will start to become more visible as the jump form for the lift core emerges above the hoarding.
With students back on campus in force, there’s no denying that the Broadway footpath is congested at times. The hoardings have recently been adjusted to provide some more wriggle room. However, patience and awareness remain your friends. In particular, please watch for trucks that will soon be using a new Broadway access to the work site, and cooperate with the traffic controllers to keep everyone safe and sound. You may also wish to consider alternative routes to avoid Broadway, such as via Alumni Green.
Construction traffic will shortly begin entering the construction site from Broadway
Jones St remains a shared footpath/cycleway. While the construction hoarding now features Perspex panels to improve visibility, and additional signage is in place to enhance bicycle awareness, pedestrians and cyclists are asked to take care, both on Jones St and Broadway.
Did you know?
When complete, the new Building 2 will stand just over 63m tall (above street level), which equates to approximately five standard Sydney buses stacked end to end. To help you visualise, this is around two floors higher than the top of Building 11's external screen. It will have 16 levels, including two underground, and house a range of student spaces, including the new UTS Library, in the lower levels, with the upper tower to be dedicated to research. We look forward to sharing more about the building’s interiors in future issues of UTS: InProgress.
Artist's impression of the transformed Building 2 from Broadway
- Lift core construction commenced – April 2017
- Second tower crane to be installed – July 2017
- Jump form becomes visible – August 2017
- Topping out – late 2018
- Façade completed – early 2019
- Building 2 completed and opens – mid 2019
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