APP was appointed to provide project management services for the delivery of the University of Newcastle’s $95M NeW Space campus in the Newcastle CBD in 2013. With the campus development continuing to progress, APP’s engagement was recently extended to include the Stage 2 works package continuing the site enabling and site activation.
The University of Newcastle has a long-term vision to grow, develop knowledge and be a driver of the innovative regional economy. The Honeysuckle City Campus Development is one of the University’s strategic steps in achieving this vision. Situated in the Newcastle CBD, this project aspires to enhance the University’s positive civic, cultural and social impact in the region.
Situated within the Honeysuckle precinct of the Newcastle CBD, the site (much like the surrounding area) has had a variety of land uses. From Traditional Owners of the land, to early settlement, and later the Civic Railway Workshops through to the 1990’s, and the recent transformation into the thriving precinct enjoyed by the community.
APP has worked in conjunction with numerous local and national consultants and contractors to manage the extensive works which have involved archaeology, demolition, remediation, mine grouting, civil works, utility services. The Stage 1A building works are currently in progress and scheduled for completion in mid-2021.
The Stage 1A building will facilitate community and industry engagement, housing the University’s School of Creative Industries and Innovation Hub. APP were heavily involved throughout the design process, to ensure the University’s sustainability and innovation objectives remained the key focus. This resulted in the EJE Architecture designing to achieve 5-Star Green-Star (with pathway to 6-Star), incorporating electrochromic glazing and a mass timber structure. The unique design will achieve an eye-catching combination of engineered timber and an adjustable tinted glass, providing user comfort when tinting is required, and optional transparency to showcase the internal activities of the University.
Project Manager, Mathew Watson is proud of the contribution APP is making towards the University campus development: “The recent commencement of the Stage 1A construction was a major milestone, taking into account the complexities and history of the site. This milestone was the successful result of significant effort in planning, design, and project management. I’m looking forward to seeing the mass timber construction come to life over the following months.”