Australian construction company Multiplex has completed a A$187m($133m) Science and Engineering Building (SEB) at UNSW Sydney as part of the university’s expansion of the Physical Sciences Precinct at its Kensington campus.
Designed by Grimshaw and located on the corner of International Road and Third Avenue, the SEB spans 10 levels and provides 24,500m² of modern teaching and research space.
The SEB has been designed to share facilities with the adjacent Hilmer Building, which was delivered by Multiplex in 2015.
This will enable several UNSW schools within the Science, Engineering and Arts and Social Sciences faculties and Mark Wainwright Analytical Centre to be co-located in two interconnected buildings.
Multiplex regional managing director for New South Wales David Ghannoum said: “We are proud to deliver another innovative building for UNSW and play a role in creating these world-leading research and education facilities.
“Our ongoing partnership with the University has enabled us to deliver these highly technical facilities in an active campus environment, and we’ve enjoyed being part of the community here.”
Multiplex has worked with the university to schedule heavy works outside peak times.
In addition to accommodating daily campus activity, the company was required to construct bridge links on every floor connecting the SEB to the Hilmer Building, and build an underground performing arts theatre, while the Hilmer Building remained in operation.
Work commenced in January 2017 and more than 2,900 people worked on site throughout construction.
The SEB design includes a flexible laboratory core, with modules arranged around a central service corridor and workstation and office accommodation is provided around the perimeter of floor plates.
The design also includes amulti-purpose basement, which provides functions such as storage, contemporary interactive and collaborative teaching spaces and student-led study spaces.
An expanded basement area has also been included, which will serve as performance spaces for the School of the Arts & Media.
As part of the project, pedestrian pathways have been improved and integrated with the Sydney Light Rail construction along Anzac Parade.
UNSW executive director for estate management Jeff Peerssaid: “UNSW’s new Science and Engineering Building is just our latest contribution to providing inspiring and cutting-edge environments as part of the University’s ambitious 2025 strategy.
“Designed to encourage innovation and collaboration for its users, this high quality and attractive building delivers a world-class research and learning environment.”
Image: Multiplex completes $133m science and engineering block at UNSW. Photo: Courtesy of Multiplex.