Brookfield Multiplex has secured a contract to design and construct a $123m material sciences and engineering building at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Sydney, Australia.
Planned to be built at the Kensington campus, the new facility will be located adjacent to the chemical sciences and materials science building.
The nine-storey, 23,500m² building will feature a basement with suites to house research equipment.
Plans also include construction of office and laboratory areas, teaching and learning spaces with research areas including traditional, clean, chemistry and electron microscopy suite laboratories.
The building will initially house around 160 students and 140 staff with the capacity for another 144 staff and students.
Sustainable features of the building include a glass facade with glass reinforced concrete masonry blades, which will provide solar shading and the facility’s rational modular design will enable for future reconfiguration of the laboratory spaces.
Initial preparatory works started in July 2013, with the building is expected to be completed in April 2015.
The project is the third development Brookfield Multiplex has delivered for UNSW in the past two years, having completed the $94m Tyree Energy and Technologies building in February 2012 and the $54m University Terraces student accommodation in January 2013.
Brookfield Multiplex regional managing director of NSW David Ghannoum said that the partnership with UNSW allows the company to work collaboratively to provide better results for the university, lecturers, researchers and students.
"We have a strong knowledge about working in a living campus environment and have delivered numerous buildings that strengthen the teaching and learning experience through design," Ghannoum said.
Image: The UNSW’s material sciences and engineering building will be located adjacent to the chemical sciences and materials science facility. Photo: courtesy of Brookfield Multiplex.