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.
During 2011 a team of consultants was engaged to work with the University on this project. Architectus (Australia), Jestico + Whiles (UK) and CH2M Hill (UK and US) are the joint Principal Design Consultants for the project. As at June 2012, the detailed design of the building is underway with construction due to commence around the end of the year.
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.
Excavation is 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 .
Staff and students in the Physics Annexe (A29) are being relocated in preparation for the demolition of this building during the mid-year break. 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 information on matters relating to the construction project, please contact David Springer at .