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Sydney University, NSW
The University of Sydney
In December 2013, The University of Sydney engaged FDC Construction & Fitout under a lump sum Design & Construct contract to refurbish and convert the iconic and historical Queen Mary Building from its previous use as nurses accommodation and a training facility for the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital to a student accommodation facility for The University of Sydney. This facility is to be the benchmark in student accommodation with the incorporation of large student common areas including a communal kitchen, a theatre, an entertainment lounge, music rooms, a gym, external terraces with complete facilities, and the like. This tranche of ‘beds’ is the first 800 beds of more than 4,000 that USYD are undertaking.
FDC took the concept design that had been developed by Nettletontribe [architect / interior designer], SCP [structural engineer] and engaged those consultants [and numerous other] to progress the design in accordance with the principals project requirements. The result was the design of a fully refurbished building for student accommodation.
The building, although not heritage listed had many heritage and conservation requirements placed on it as part of the Development Application. This was due to the ‘period significance’ of the building and the fact there are few remaining examples of this type of construction. USYD employed the services of a heritage architect who developed the conservation plan that required strict adherence. The requirements of this included: new windows and curtain wall to be kept in line (as-close as possible) to the existing, implementation of a heritage wing of apartments, reinstatement of one communal bathroom i.e. to be rebuilt in the same form that was there prior to demolition, refurbishment of the main central stairs, interpretation panels and miscellaneous items to be displayed throughout the building.
The project had many significant work faces and challenges, it included:
|2015||Winner, MBA Best Refurbishment / Renovation / Extension $50M+ (NSW)|