Northumberland House / Watt Space Gallery
Northumberland House is not only a strategic asset for the universities long-term vision of our city campus, it has significant historical importance to the city of Newcastle.
The scope of the refurbishment was not only to provide a new purpose built gallery space for the Watt Space Gallery, but to ensure the life of the building for the future generations to enjoy .
Scope of refurbishment works included:
- Restoration of the façade including repairing & replacing damaged windows, replacing damaged brickwork and mortar, patching damaged faience (fay-on-ce) tiles
- Removal of large paperbark trees which had roots which were damaging the building structure, clogging up downpipes & storm water with leaves and roots
- Replacement of rooftop waterproofing to prevent water damage internally
- Clearing out clogged drainpipes and replacing damaged storm-water
- Replacement of damaged terracotta faience tile around bottom of building
New accessible front entry ramp replacing ramp in alleyway
- Installation of new mechanical air conditioning
- Installation of compliant fire detection and emergency light
- Refurbishment of upper floor (paint, carpet)
- Refurbishment of ground floor for Watt Space Gallery
- Installation of a kitchen for functions and student amenity
- Installation of CCTV in building
- Refurbishment of rear courtyard and alteration of garage space to allow use
- New landscaping
The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.