Location and precinct relationships

  • The building will sit where McMullin, our very first building on campus, is currently located.
  • It will be the flagship building in our Callaghan campus STEMM precinct.
  • Part of the project will see us define a new “gateway” to campus – identified as the space between the new building and the Great Hall. This will incorporate terraced spaces complemented by landscaping to invite people to meet and gather.
  • An architectural feature of the building includes rooms that project out of its square floor plan, looking out to significant indigenous landmarks.
  • The site fronts McMullin Lane to its east, with The Great Hall to its west and the Campus Green to its north.
  • The building benefits from multiple public transport links close to the south entrance. We are committed to a sustainable transport strategy, which promotes active and public transport.


  • The surrounding spaces maximise opportunities for an enhanced campus experience, inviting socialisation and participation on the Campus Green with staggered courtyards and terraces.
  • Planned pathways and landscaping will connect the building to the lively Shortland precinct, offering essential services to tenants and visitors.
  • The STEMM building will connect to potential future STEMM developments via strategic integration with the surrounding campus fabric and landscape.
  • We will have to remove some trees on campus to allow the works to take place.
  • We assess trees carefully for their size and habitat significance, and do our best to explore options that allow us to preserve significant trees. Where removal is absolutely necessary, we compensate through bush regeneration to improve our overall campus biodiversity health. For example, if the tree is hollow bearing, we install nest boxes in other surrounding trees to provide shelter for any displaced bats, possums or birds. Other compensatory work includes weeding, and planting new native seedlings across our bushland zones and wetland areas.
  • The landscape design facilitates universal access (disability) from the new STEMM building drop off, to the Great Hall and through to the campus lawn and buildings within the STEMM Precinct.


  • We are targeting a world-leading 6-Star rating under the Green Building Council of Australia’s Green Star Design and As Built V1.2 Rating Tool.
  • Key sustainability features include:
  • Engineered timber structure which reduces environmental footprint and provides ease of construction.
  • 300Kw Super PV (solar) array shading the rooftop.
  • ‘Airtight’ façade with high performing double glazing.
  • Fume cupboards to be collected into a single fan system instead of individually flued, to significantly reduce power load.
  • Demand controlled ventilation with heat exchange for high level indoor air quality and reduced energy use in labs.
  • Rainwater collection via roof, and reuse in water cooled chillers or toilet flushing.

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.