The University of Sydney is paving the way for enhanced learning and state-of-the-art research facilities with the approval of three new education buildings as part of the university’s $2.3 billion transformation of its historic campus.
The proposals by the University of Sydney to build a new Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences building (FASS), the Science Research and Teaching Facility and the Administration Building at its Camperdown campus will generate more than 500 construction jobs and inject more than $187 million into the local economy, according to the NSW Government.
The buildings cost a combined $187 million and are part of a $700 million top-up of the already $1.6 billion the university has spent so far on upgrading its campus.
The two gateway buildings have been designed by HDR Rice Daubney and Grimshaw architects, and are located opposite one another at the City Road entry to the Camperdown Campus, an arrival point that has remained mostly unchanged since the 1960s.
“These new educational establishments will enhance the University’s Camperdown Campus and its tertiary educational facilities and teaching resources and will reinvigorate the campus entry from City Road as well,” a Department spokesperson said.
New Buildings: FAAS Building, LEES1, Administration Building
The proposed six-storey FASS building will include a research centre, lecture theatre, general teaching spaces, office and meeting rooms and a rooftop terrace. The sustainable building will consolidate staff and students from the Faculty’s School of Economics and the School of Social Sciences who are currently fragmented across different buildings on the campus.
HDR Rice Daubney’s contribution will be an eight-storey science research and teaching facility located on a tapering site, called ‘LEES1’. The site has a minimum throat width of only 11 metres and sits between the existing Carslaw Building, designed by Stafford Moor and Farrington in 1960, and a row of significant fig trees.
The proposed new eight-story science research and teaching building, the LEES 1 Building, and new five-storey Administration Building will be developed opposite one another at the University’s Camperdown Campus City Road entry, creating a new gateway to the University. The new building, located on the campus’ northern Parramatta Road boundary, will be connected by an awning to the existing RD Watt building, which will also be refurbished.
The F23 Administration Building has a common palette of materials and urban responses to HDR Rice Daubney’s LEES1 but will be massed and aligned to articulate from certain elements of the neighbouring Masden Building.
Grimshaw have aligned the new building’s footprint with the protruding entry and dominant face of the Madsen building and articulated floorplates and glazing lines with the different thresholds points of Masden’s façade.
F23 will have five levels of office space that will circulate around a central atrium, to be filled with natural light courtesy of a large skylight.
Oculus landscape architects have prepared the landscape and urban design plans which will provide the integral link between the two buildings, the street and the existing campus.
The proposals were approved subject to conditions including construction noise limits and preparation of a traffic and pedestrian management plan.