Planned projects

Planning for our future

At the heart of our Campus Improvement Program (CIP) concept proposal is our commitment to providing a world-class environment for our students, staff, visitors, and the local community to enjoy.

The CIP will provide for enhanced cultural, recreation, arts, sporting, educational and social spaces that will meet the needs of our future campus population and neighbours alike.

As well as defining the location and purpose of new buildings and infrastructure across six campus precincts, the Campus Improvement Program concept proposal provides plans for:

  • public spaces
  • pedestrian and cycle paths
  • retail amenities and services
  • parking areas
  • heritage and conservation works
  • sustainability measures
  • improved community access to University facilities

One of the six campus proposed precincts is the Cultural Precinct. It seeks to convert the heritage significant Science Road area as a principal visitor destination precinct accommodating cultural, museum and heritage components. The precinct will be reinforced by the internal refurbishment of the Macleay and Edgeworth-David buildings in developing a museum and cultural exhibition centre.

What we are trying to achieve

Our CIP aims to deliver a number of positive outcomes to benefit the staff and students of the University, and the broader community of the Darlington and Camperdown areas.

To support and foster ongoing world-class research

  • Upgrade the quality of existing Campus facilities
  • Promote collaborative learning and research facilities
  • Create shared learning and teaching pedagogy between Faculties

To deliver a positive student learning experience

  • Provision of affordable student accommodation
  • Facilitate a diverse and vibrant campus life

To create a culturally-competent environment

  • Recognise and celebrate Aboriginal heritage and cultural significance

To positively contribute to our local community

  • Ensure greater access to and through the Campus
  • Establish the University as an exciting visitor destination

To retain our unique heritage

  • Respect the history and ‘Sandstone’ significance of Australia’s first University

Campus Improvement Program benefits

Educational benefits:
The co-location of faculties and the sharing of resources will help the University to retain and improve its status as a world-class educational and research institution.

Social benefits:
Environment/Security: The retention of students on campus on a more permanent basis will support local businesses and increase vibrancy around the campus, improving overall safety and surveillance within the local community.

Public Access: Improved access to, and through, the University will help to reduce the reliance on private vehicle use. University access will link into the surrounding City of Sydney bicycle and pedestrian networks, supporting the use of active transport by staff and students.

Accommodation: The delivery of student accommodation will provide a unique campus living experience, helping to ease pressure on the local housing rental market and providing affordable options for students.

Operational efficiency benefits:
Campus facilities and services will be significantly improved with common physical and IT access to shared research disciplines.

Community information and drop-in sessions

The CIP concept proposal has been lodged as a State Significant Development application with the NSW Department of Planning and Infrastructure and was placed on exhibition for public comment for a four week period in February 2014.

In addition, the University placed printed copies of the CIP for public viewing and held a series of community drop-in sessions. The local community has requested we extend the exhibition time so they can better review the proposal and provide informed comments. We have listened to your requests and through discussion with DP&I are extending the our exhibition period until the 31 March 2014.

To view and comment on the application online, visit the NSW Department of Planning’s website.

Printed copies of the CIP for public viewing can be found in the foyer of the University’s Services Building G12, 22 Codrington Street, Darlington.

Drop-in sessions

We will also be holding additional community information drop-in sessions where you can speak with the team who developed the Campus Improvement Program. The purpose of these sessions is to share our vision with you, and answer any questions you may have.


  • Wednesday 12 March, 5-7pm
  • Wednesday 19 March, 5-7pm
  • Saturday 22 March, 11am-1pm

The University of Sydney
Foyer of the Services Building (G12)
22 Codrington Street

Contact the University

If you have any questions about the CIP, please contact:

Stephane Kerr
Project Director Campus Improvement Program
Tel: (02) 9351 3128


Julie Parsons
Project Manager, Campus Infrastructure and Services
Tel: (02) 9351 4324