In early 2010 the University was awarded $40 m towards the construction of a $110 m new building for research in the physical sciences, focussing on nanoscience, in the third round of funding from the Federal Government’s Education Investment Fund (EIF). With co-investment from the University, this building – the Australian Institute for Nanoscience – will be a world-leading research and teaching facility designed to meet the demanding requirements of nanoscience research in decades to come. The building’s advanced research capability will be housed alongside comprehensive facilities for student-focussed undergraduate and graduate teaching and integrated with the existing heritage-listed building for the School of Physics.
Work started at the end of November 2012 and the new building will be ready for students commencing the 2015 academic year.
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May 2013 - Excavation phase continues
The excavation phase has been progressing, despite recent wet weather. A ground platform has been created in preparation for the arrival of piling machinery. This machinery will be located along the southern (St. Paul’s College) and western (Wesley College) perimeter of the site and will construct a retaining wall consisting of concrete filled piles. The construction of the retaining wall will then enable the removal of earth inside the retaining wall and will create a level platform for the future building.
The excavation phase will continue until the head contractor commences. As required, local traffic controllers will be working to safely direct both pedestrians and vehicles.
February-March 2013 - Excavation phase
The contractor undertaking the next stage of works (bulk excavation, piling and service diversions) has been appointed and a construction certificate from the local authority obtained. Recent work onsite has included:
- Arrival of site accommodation
- Tree removals
- Assembly of a perimeter fence
- Grass stripping
The excavation phase of the project will continue until mid-year when the head contractor will commence. As required, local traffic controllers will be working to safely direct both pedestrians and vehicles.
January 2013 - Main demolition complete
The first milestone has been reached for the new Australian Institute for Nanoscience. The Physics Annexe (A29) has now been completely demolished and the site now prepares for the next phase, excavation, due to start next month. The main construction works are scheduled to start in mid-2013.
The new building will be home to a world-leading research and teaching facility which will be ready for students commencing the 2015 academic year.
For any questions or concerns about the works, please contact CIS project manager, . For any School of Physics related queries, please contact .
December 2012 - Demolition well underway
Demolition of the Physics Annexe (A29), located at the back of the Physics Building on Physics Road, is now well underway. The Annexe is due to be completely brought down by early January 2013.
- demolition is due to be completed late January 2013
- excavation is expected to start in February 2013
- the pedestrian path between St Paul’s College and Physics Road will remain closed for the duration of the project
- truck movements in the Physics Road area are expected to increase in February 2013
- main construction works are scheduled to start mid-2013
CIS has taken steps to mitigate the effects of dust and noise for occupants of the Physics building and surrounding buildings.
November 2012 - Work set to start
The first phase of the project involves the demolition of the Physics Annexe (A29), starting with 'soft strip-out' to remove useful or recyclable materials. Actual demolition will commence at the end of November, following completion of the exam period, and is due to finish in January 2013. Excavation will begin shortly after. Steps have be taken to minimise the effects of dust and noise for occupants of A28. The main construction works are scheduled to start in mid-2013.
Parking and bike racks at the back of the Physics Building are unavailable from 5 November due to contractors setting up the site in preparation for the works. 5 new parking spots for University vehicles are available (not reserved) on Western Avenue. In addition, the Edward Ford Building has a mixture of different parking spaces but also has a gate which closes automatically outside of business hours. Bike racks are available close by, outside the Edward Ford Building on Physics Road and Fisher Road.
The pedestrian access between St. Paul’s College and Physics Road will be closed from 28 November.
The School's Design User Groups (DUGs) are continuing to work with the phase 3 contractors to optimise their respective proposals.
All staff and students have now been relocated to alternate accommodation on campus or nearby and the Physics Annexe has been closed. Phase 2 of the Early Contractor Involvement (ECI) process has been completed and two contractors have been selected to proceed to a design phase, leading to a final contractor selection early in 2013.
The design phase of the AIN building has been altered and we have moved to an Early Contractor Involvement (ECI) process in which building contractors will become involved in refining the design to optimise the building design within the available budget. The current design is now regarded as a 'reference design' that will be further developed over the coming months.
Staff and students in the Physics Annexe (A29) are being relocated in preparation for the demolition of this building late in the year. The University has leased premises in Rosehill Street Redfern to accommodate the SIfA and CAASTRO research groups, which comprise the majority of A29 occupants. Other staff and students will be relocated elsewhere on campus.
For more information
- For further information on the role and function of the new AIN-Physics building, please email us at .
- For any School of Physics related queries, please contact Nathan Apps at .
- For any questions or concerns about the demolition works, please contact CIS project manager, Steven Botterill at .
- For information on matters relating to the construction project, please contact CIS project director, David Springer at or the CIS AIN web site.