2013 set to be a year of milestones

6 February 2013

2013 is set to be a big year for the University - a year of significant development for the Camperdown/Darlington Campus, and a busy year for Campus Infrastructure and Services (CIS).

This year started with all major construction projects now underway or making significant progress, including:

  • Charles Perkins Centre building
  • Abercrombie Precinct redevelopment
  • Australian Institute for Nanoscience (AIN)
  • University Sports & Aquatic Centre expansion
  • Campus Improvements Program.

CIS Director, Greg Robinson, explains:

"This is a milestone year for the University. We have progressed from vision to reality on all our major building projects.

"In 2013 we will be delivering the first of these new developments but also a series of refurbishments and upgrades across our campuses. These new and upgraded facilities will improve the experience for our students, staff and visitors providing benefits now and in the future."

Charles Perkins Centre

By the end of 2013, the base building construction for the University's largest building project, the Charles Perkins Centre, is due to be completed.

 Charles Perkins Centre.
Charles Perkins Centre.

Set to challenge conventional thinking on how to prevent, treat and cure diseases, the state-of-the-art research and education hub will support academics and students from all disciplines working to tackle three major health problems - obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Located near the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and the faculties of Medicine, Science and Veterinary Science, the new building is due to be occupied from early 2014.

Find out more about the Charles Perkins Centre

Abercrombie Precinct redevelopment

2013 will see the Abercrombie Precinct redevelopment site progress from demolition to excavation, and into construction from mid-2013. The final design for the new precinct will be finalised in the next few months.

 Abercrombie Precinct redevelopment.
Abercrombie Precinct redevelopment.

Once complete, the Abercrombie Precinct will transform the southern entry to the University's Darlington Campus.

Some features of the new precinct include:

  • new Business School building
  • state-of-the-art learning hub
  • improved pedestrian links and landscaping
  • a cafe

Located in Darlington, opposite the University's Services building and adjacent the Economics and Business building on Codrington Street, the new Business School is due to be occupied from early 2014.

Find out more about the Abercrombie Precinct redevelopment

Australian Institute for Nanoscience (AIN)

The new Australian Institute for Nanoscience (AIN) building will create a world-leading research and teaching facility designed to meet the demanding requirements of nanoscience research in decades to come.

 Australian Institute for Nanoscience.
Australian Institute for Nanoscience.

The first stage of the project is complete. The demolition of the Physics Annexe makes way for the new AIN building, which will be located adjacent to the existing heritage-listed School of Physics building.

Watch a timelapse video of the demolition

Site excavation is due to commence in February and will be followed by the construction of the new building scheduled to begin in mid-2013.

Please note there will be traffic and pedestrian controls in place along Physics Road during the course of the project, so please take instructions from traffic controllers in that area.

University Sports & Aquatic Centre expansion

Before the end of 2013, the expansion to the Sports and Aquatic Centre will be finished. Construction is well advanced and is due to be completed by mid-2013.

 University Sports & Aquatic Centre
University Sports & Aquatic Centre

Located next to the existing University Sports & Aquatic Centre in Darlington, visitors will soon be enjoying the new facilities including:

  • two basketball courts
  • a group fitness studio
  • a boxing gym
  • a martial arts dojo.

Find out more about the sports and aquatic centre expansion

Campus Improvements Program

During 2013, the overall vision and plan for our University campuses will be brought together under the 'Campus Improvements Program.' CIS will be working to create an even more connected, vibrant and sustainable University environment, providing a dynamic place of engagement for students, researchers, teachers, staff and the wider community.

More information will be available soon.

Contact: Claire Sargent

Phone: 02 9354 2112

Email: 0a030411410658473b37001f5a2e05021807373d4b4604053446121b