Watpac wins $148m contract to build ACU’s facility in Melbourne

WCN Editorial Team 7 Dec 2018 OCEANIA BUILDINGS

Australian construction and civil engineering company Watpac has won a A$206m ($148.5m) design and build contract for the Saint Teresa of Kolkata Building at Australian Catholic University (ACU) in Melbourne, Australia.

The scope of the project includes construction of a new 13-storey tower with roof-top sports courts, above a seven-level basement on Victoria Parade on the city fringe at ACU’s campus in Fitzroy.

The company will also construct three additional levels above the existing heritage-listed Mary Glowrey Building.

The Saint Teresa of Kolkata Building has been designed by Lyons Architects and will include centralised teaching facilities and informal learning spaces, a library, congregational hub and shared facilities for staff and students.

The new levels above the Mary Glowrey Building will include staff workspace access through new lifts from the lower levels, with stair access supporting staff movement within the staff focussed levels.

Watpac Construction Victoria State manager Nick Pavlovic said that the company is looking forward to commencing construction on the project, which will include the transformation of a ground level car park into a modern 20,000m² teaching, learning and research space.

Pavlovic said: “This is an exciting project for Watpac and a welcomed addition to our tertiary education portfolio.

“Not only are we delivering a new 13 level facility for ACU but we will be transforming the adjacent existing structure so the project will truly enhance the campus and its teaching spaces.

“Our team’s expertise in delivering innovative solutions for our clients in challenging site conditions will be at the forefront of this project due to the nature of the build which will feature a seven level basement with a grout curtain to manage ground water issues.”

Pavlovic said that the Mary Glowrey Building will be fully operational during the construction and the team will work with ACU to ensure a successful outcome.

The building works will commence in January 2019 and have been funded from the proceeds of the ACU Sustainability Bond issued by the university in 2017, the first Sustainability Bond issued in Australia.

Construction is expected to be completed in mid-2022.

ACU COO Stephen Weller said: “This important campus development is part of a larger plan to accommodate student and staff growth at the University’s Melbourne Campus, and provide the best possible facilities for teaching, learning and research.”

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Image: A rendering of the Saint Teresa of Kolkata Building at Australian Catholic University (ACU) in Melbourne, Australia. Photo: Courtesy of WATPAC LIMITED.

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