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 fa├žade 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

Check out the photos of the refurbished spaces and the official opening of the Watt Space Gallery

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.