Design and build

Principal Design Consultant

  • Lyons, in partnership with local firm EJE Architects.
  • Lyons and EJE also partnered with us to deliver the iconic, award-winning NUspace building in Newcastle’s CBD.

Design principals

  • A showcase, transparent, blended, outward looking, adaptable, integrated, sustainable.

Size and load

  • Four storeys
  • Height: 24.5m
  • 71x71m, with a gross floor area of 16,380m2
  • Usable floor area: 12,140m
  • Maximum occupancy: around 2300 people (staff, students, visitors) when all large spaces are being utilised

Built form

  • A square plan, with very large and adaptable floorplates.
  • A lower scale but large horizontal building, which maximises interconnectivity and collaboration.
  • A hybrid structural system with two main components; an engineered timber structure, and post-tensioned concrete. This allows multiple building uses within one facility – an aesthetically warm and sustainable work and learning place (timber), and a stable slab for ‘wet’ research, inclusive of vibration-controlled environments (concrete).
  • The exterior wall of glass is shaded by a lattice structure, comprised of coloured aluminum vertical and horizontal fins, which reflect the colour palette of the surrounding spotted gum trees.
  • The ground floor, and levels one and two, contain a combination of interaction space, teaching and learning space, research space, and workplace.
  • The lower ground floor accommodates the loading dock, back of house, plant and space for future expansion (e.g. further core technology capability – the potential for high vibration control floor slabs).
  • At the heart of the building is a light filled atrium.
  • The entry foyer is designed to blur the ground plane and the landscape, actively inviting people in.
  • The ‘collider’ is a design centerpiece, designed to optimise random and informal meetings between staff, students and visitors.

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.