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UTS vision becomes a step closer to reality

The University of Technology, Sydney’s campus master plan (click here to see Master Plan Project) is progressing at a pace and 2012 proved to be a year of milestones for the ambitious master plan.

Highgate continues to work closely with UTS’s program management office, to deliver the vision of the $1 billion overhaul of the University’s city campus.

A number of projects have already been delivered but 3 key projects made significant progress this year, including:

  • Dr Chau Chak Wing Building
  • Thomas Street building
  • Broadway Building

Dr Chau Chak Wing Building

The new UTS Business School progressed this year from a vacant car park site to a busy construction site where excavation has now completed and the next phase, construction, begins.

Under the guidance of Highgate, UTS recently appointed Lend Lease as builder for the new building, designed by world-acclaimed architect, Frank Gehry.

In 2014, Australia will have its first building from the renowned architect.


Thomas Street building

The bulk excavation is complete for the Thomas Street building site, situated right in the heart of the city campus. Managing such a large excavation project among surrounding buildings where staff and students go about their business is a huge challenge for Highgate and UTS.

Highgate Director, Michael Jessett, explains:

“A successful result on the bulk excavation on a project of this size in close proximity to other University buildings is a major achievement. The challenges for the project team have been managed well and we are focused on moving the project into the next phase, construction, early next year.

“The excavation undertaken was not only for the Thomas Street building but also for an underground library retrieval system for UTS.”

The new Thomas Street building will be the future home to the Faculty of Science in 2014 and the underground library retrieval system will see a state-of-the-art robotic storage and retrieval for around 80% of the University’s library collection.

UTS Thomas Street Building

Broadway Building

The largest of the new buildings under the UTS master plan, the Broadway Building site, will provide a 12-storey building designed by leading Australian architects Denton Corker Marshall, changing dramatically the southern gateway to the University and Sydney’s CBD.

Construction is well underway by Lend Lease for the future home of the Faculty of Engineering and IT, reaching ground level last month after completing the lower levels for the basement car park.

The building is due to be completed in December 2013 and open early 2014.


UTS projects in action

For more information watch this overview of the UTS city campus master plan progress in 2012:

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