Leading global contractor Multiplex has completed the University of New South Wales’ (UNSW) new $125 million Bioscience Building.
Located at the Kensington campus in Botany Street, Randwick, the project comprises a total of 21,339 square metres and includes the new nine-level Bioscience Building which complements the surrounding buildings. Designed by Woods Bagot, the building also features a new atrium and upgrade of the surrounding landscape.
It represents the third stage of the regeneration and expansion of the Biomedical Precinct at UNSW, addressing the long-term accommodation needs of the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences and the School of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences, as well as the functional needs of the wider precinct.
“We are delighted to have completed the new Bioscience Building on time and on budget,” says David Ghannoum, New South Wales regional managing director at Multiplex. “Our team has specialist expertise in delivering world-leading research and education facilities and has thrived in this live campus environment.”
The new Bioscience Building provides students and researchers with a contemporary research and teaching environment including new mixed use wet and dry laboratories.
Teaching areas are provided on the ground floor and first level of the new building, with rooms fitted with floor-to-ceiling glass windows to enable viewing into labs and ‘Science On Display’ opportunities. Upper floors are dedicated to generic open lab and workplace facilities designed to maximise collaboration between researchers.
Challenges faced during construction include the footprint of the building being wedged between three operating buildings, with minimal storage areas and difficult access for deliveries. The team also carried out extensive enabling works including diversion of in- ground services, construction of a new electrical substation and decommissioning of two substations.
Multiplex has delivered several new facilities at UNSW in recent years, including the University Terraces student accommodation, the Materials Science and Engineering Building (now known as the Hilmer Building) and the Tyree Energy Technologies Building.
Works on the Bioscience Building commenced in September 2015 and spanned an 18-month period.
Construction saw some 9350 cubic metres of concrete poured with 120 tonnes of post-tensioning used as well as 980 tonnes of reinforcing steel.
Images courtesy of Multiplex.