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July 6, 2017

Multiplex to develop University of New South Wales’ new $132.4m building

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Global construction and property development company Multiplex has secured a deal to build the University of New South Wales’ (UNSW) new A$174.4m ($132.4m) Science and Engineering Building (SEB) in Australia.

To be situated at the corner of International Road and Third Avenue within the UNSW campus, the new SEB will help the university to expand the Physical Sciences Precinct at its Kensington campus.

The SEB has been designed by architect Grimshaw and will feature ten levels. It will also include 24,000m² of teaching and research facilities for the School of Chemical Engineering and the School of Chemistry, with the flexibility to accommodate a range of technical research requirements.

The new building will be linked with Hilmer Building to facilitate easy sharing activities between the two buildings.

Multiplex New South Wales regional managing director David Ghannoum said: “Our previous work with the university has given us the credentials to deliver these highly technical facilities in an active campus environment.”

The SEB will be an extension of the Hilmer Building and will include a flexible laboratory core, with modules arranged around a central service corridor.

"Our previous work with the university has given us the credentials to deliver these highly technical facilities in an active campus environment."

Workstation and office space will also be provided around the perimeter of floor plates with specifications for joinery, wet areas and finishes, and front design, including shading element and vertical services distribution through main risers at each end of the laboratory core.

The basement of the building will be multi-purpose and will provide storage, contemporary interactive and collaborative teaching spaces in addition to student-led study spaces.

An expanded basement area will also be developed to provide new performance spaces for the School of Arts and Media.

Construction of the SEB is expected to be completed in January 2019.

Image: Rendering of University of New South Wales’ new Science and Engineering Building. Photo: courtesy of Multiplex.

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