Completed building projects
A number of building projects have been completed in recent years demonstrating how the University is investing in our shared future by building cutting-edge facilities for every member of our community to enjoy. Our capital works and improvements are wide reaching, ranging from laboratory and office refurbishments to purpose-built facilities such as simulation centres, clean rooms, plant rooms and greenhouses.
The Charles Perkins Centre's research and education hub is a $385 million custom-built facility designed to support multidisciplinary and integrated research and teaching across the university.
Located on the north-west boundary of the University’s Camperdown Campus, bordering St John's College and in close proximity to the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (RPA), the new building comprises of six floors and three basement levels - an area of approximately 49,500 square metres. At capacity, the centre will accomodate more than 900 researchers and 1500 undergraduate students.
Teaching and learning spaces include student common areas, a 360-seat auditorium, a large 240-student wet laboratory, specialist teaching laboratories, including a combination of computer-only, and computer and microscope facilities with flexible configurations and up to a 120 capacity and small-group teaching lab (12 people) and four seminar rooms.
A clinical research facility is located on the ground floor to support a range of clinical and clinical research activities aligned to the mission of the Charles Perkins Centre - obesity, cardiovascular disease and diabetes. The facility includes a metabolic kitchen and dining area, physical teasting areas and bedrooms for overnight stays.
There are also seven open-plan 80-person laboratories for research teams, with write-up space adjacent to each laboratory.
The state-of-the-art building was supported by the federal government through its Education Investment Fund.
The project was completed ahead of schedule in February 2014. The first classes commenced in March 2014.
The $15 million extension to the Noel Martin Sports and Aquatic Centre was officially opened in August 2013. The additional 2600sqm construction is an extension to the existing Sydney Uni Sports and Aquatic Centre
The new Sydney Uni Sport & Fitness (SUSF) facility features Brydens Stadium (including the Brydens Sydney Uni Flames home basketball court), a 730 seat grandstand and accompanying change rooms, a 300sqm Fitness Studio, a 170sqm Boxing Gym and a 230sqm Martial Arts Dojo.
The University funded the majority of the building with the SUSF raising nearly quarter of a million dollars from its Finishing Touches Fund which was supported by over 200 donors.
Brydens Lawyers sponsor the Sydney Uni Flames and have also taken up naming rights to all the new facilities
The new state of the art facilities are available to students and staff of the University and the general community.
The Fisher Library is the major hub in the university’s library network. Internationally recognised collections and services are available, as well as a wide range of learning, teaching and research facilities for extended hours.
The redevelopment involved a variety of high quality integrated learning environments that match the future needs of students and the University as a whole.
Key to the design of the new spaces was the integration of world class physical and IT infrastructure to enable innovative, inquiry-based learning.
The project was completed in three stages, involving the refurbishment of 95% of the library.
Nepean Clinical School
Australian Government funding enabled the Nepean Clinical School to open new multidisciplinary teaching and research facilities in May 2012. The facilities include clinical and ultrasound rooms, a clinical skills laboratory, research and education pods, student common areas, computer rooms, a 90 seat lecture theatre, tutorial rooms and staff parking.
Through collaboration with the Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District, the new clinic areas enable us to provide extra high-quality outpatient services to our community in an educational setting. The improvements have been embraced by other health professionals including paramedics, social workers, nurses and general practitioners. Local schools and non-health related faculties of local universities are also using the new facilities.
This state-of-the-art facility will provide real-life experiences necessary for preparing the next generation of doctors. It is a leap forward for medical education, not only for students in western Sydney, but right across New South Wales, as it will give immediate access via teleconferencing to the latest in research and teaching.
The centre, completed at the end of 2013, was a funded through a partnership between the University of Sydney, the Australian Government and Concord Hospital. It includes a simulation centre, cardiac resuscitation training laboratory, surgical skills laboratory with 3D camera system, video recording studio for research and training purposes and live-streaming to teaching hospitals.
Officially opened in March 2013, the Centre for Carbon, Water and Food (CCWF) is Australia’s first multidisciplinary research centre dedicated to tackling the nation’s biggest food security and environmental challenges. The new flagship facility for the Faculty of Agriculture and Environment, the CCWF represents a major milestone in Australian-Chinese collaboration on food security through the signing of two memorandums of understanding between the University of Sydney and the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Science, with mirror facilities in Beijing and Nanjing.
Funded by a $20 million investment from the Australian Government, the centre was created to facilitate the integrated study of carbon, food and water. Housed in a purpose-built facility, it draws upon the University’s established expertise in social science, ecology, eco-physiology and plant breeding. The building’s façade was designed to represent the centre’s three namesake elements: carbon (black zinc), water (green copper) and earth (brown steel). The architecture incorporates ecologically sustainable design (ESD) principles to reflect the sustainable focus of the centre. The space features several specialised laboratories and a six-metre high greenhouse with viewing walkways at the first and second storey levels.
Australian Technology Park
The Australian Technology Park (ATP) in Eveleigh has a rich cultural heritage and was once the location of Australia’s largest industrial complex. Today it is a world-class technology precinct with an emphasis on initiatives that minimise our environmental impact and aim to create a more sustainable future. In January 2013, a $3.4 million suite of refurbishments to ATP were completed, enabling the Faculty of Agriculture and Environment to be consolidated over three levels, thus creating better teaching, research and laboratory facilities to meet the needs of the faculty and the University more generally. Some key features of the refurbishments include enhanced office spaces, workstation areas, computer labs, a cold room, wet laboratory, herbarium, microbial culture room, plant preparation room and plant growth room. Through investment in ATP, the Faculty of Agriculture and Environment will be better able to explore new frontiers in food production, carbon cycling and agricultural sustainability.
In November 2012, the Broken Hill University Department of Rural Health (BHUDRH) celebrated a milestone with the unveiling of a new $1.8 million Broken Hill Clinical Simulation building, designed to improve the health and lives of people in far-west New South Wales. The new facility has rooms set up like hospital emergency departments to simulate trauma situations, as well as providing student debrief rooms, a skills laboratory, showers and disabled toilets, staff offices, a meeting room and common area. Additionally, a 28-bed student accommodation facility was delivered at the end of 2012, including eight modular units with 28 beds, a carpark for 16 vehicles, and bicycle shed for 28 bicycles.
The BHUDRH is part of the University of Sydney’s School of Public Health and one of 11 government-funded departments dedicated to increasing recruitment and retention of rural health professionals as well as improving the quality of health care for rural Australians.
Learning Networks Projects
Opened in Semester One 2012, the Learning Networks Project was designed to improve the physical and virtual learning spaces on the Camperdown/Darlington Campus through the creation of new teaching areas and learning hubs. Some of the improvements include a formal seminar space and collaborative learning with integrated technologies on the first floor of the PNR building, an upgrade to the Fisher Library (the largest academic library in the Southern Hemisphere) and a shared space in the Wallace Building. Funding was provided by the Australian Government through the Teaching and Learning Capital Fund (TLC) and through a significant co-contribution from the University.