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Transforming our campuses

Supporting education and research excellence

Our Campus Improvement Program is transforming our infrastructure for generations of students and staff, while maintaining our heritage and history.

Our campuses are evolving to meet the changing needs of 21st century students, researchers and teaching staff and provide cultural, recreational, sporting and retail spaces to the wider community.

To deliver upon our vision to continually improve, renew and restore our beautiful and unique campuses, we're investing in an ongoing Campus Improvement Program that will run until 2020.

The program provides:

  • outstanding research and education facilities
  • buildings that complement and add value to Sydney's world-renowned reputation.

Key transformation projects

A key focus of the University’s next era of strategic growth is western Sydney.

Building on our already strong presence with the foundation disciplines of medicine and dentistry and our substantial research activity at Westmead, we will continue to work with the NSW Government and all of our partners in the precinct to develop, by 2030, a genuinely multidisciplinary campus with 6000 students – an increase of 4800 students from our current state – and a commensurate increase in our academic capacity.

We will invest more than $50 million in infrastructure alone by 2020, with a long-range financing target of around $500 million over the next 15 years.

Find out more about our Westmead campus

The Administration Building (F23) is specifically designed as a place to connect, collaborate and exchange ideas. It consolidates several of the University's administration and business services from around the Camperdown and Darlington campuses into a single structure. The effect of the central atrium, glass facades and natural light reinforces our ethos of visible and open leadership. The building design:

  • encourages cross-disciplinary interaction and collaboration between the administrative departments
  • reflects the University's commitment to sustainable living
  • provides a sense of place and arrival
  • creates an identifiable landmark and terminal for the entry to the main campus, on the southern end of Eastern Avenue.

The five-storey, 26-28 metre structure has a building mass of 8632 square metres. The design includes large floor plates, to allow for open-plan spaces that are aimed to improve staff productivity and collaboration between different departments.

The building also includes a concierge desk and a restaurant on the ground level – Forum – which is open for breakfast and lunch from 7am to 7pm Monday to Friday for University staff, students and visitors to our main campus. Forum also offers coffee, some takeaway options and a catering service for functions.

To find out more or book a table or event at Forum, contact us on 02 9351 4664 or email forum.restaurant@sydney.edu.au.

The University has built a new home for the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the Ross Street gateway to the Camperdown Campus.

The faculty expects the Social Sciences Building will:

  • provide new infrastructure to maintain its strong teaching and research performance in the social sciences
  • address capacity constraints for existing and projected teaching and research activities. Key areas of need are more flexible and efficient teaching spaces suited to blended learning and collaborative teaching and more desk space for the faculty's large higher degree by research cohort
  • promote operational efficiencies through better exploitation of research and teaching synergies
  • optimise use of space and ensure better deployment of professional staff efforts
  • provide a home for two key strategic initiatives: the Sydney Social Sciences Advanced Humanities Research Centre and Sydney Policy Lab. We are seeking to build on both our research strengths and the policy-relevant work being undertaken across the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and the University more generally.

The Chau Chak Wing Museum is one of the flagship capital projects of the University of Sydney’s INSPIRED philanthropic campaign. Made possible through more than $21 million in philanthropic funding, the museum will consolidate the current Macleay and Nicholson museums, the University Art Gallery and associated cultural and scientific collections. The primary focus of the museum will be object-based learning. The new building will:

  • support cultural and scientific enquiry and provide a new benchmark for integrated cross-disciplinary teaching and learning, through exhibitions and museum collections
  • provide study rooms and school education, where objects are a key learning tool
  • become the focal point for University-wide cultural outreach
  • provide a new café, museum shop and multipurpose room
  • house museum staff.

The Life, Earth and Environmental Sciences (LEES1) Building co-locates teaching, research and faculty accommodation for the School of Life and Environmental Sciences. The building provides approximately 10,000 m2 of new research and teaching space, including:

  • exceptional research laboratories and associated support and dry workspaces (office and desk)
  • loading dock, storerooms, waste rooms, decontamination area, dirty and clean preparation areas and other auxiliary research spaces
  • outstanding teaching laboratories and associated preparation and ancillary areas
  • student common areas
  • podium levels that connect directly to the Carslaw Building, which will maximise our ability to share common spaces and facilities.

This new scientific research and teaching facility builds upon the University's objective to upgrade and modernise teaching and research facilities, as part of its ongoing commitment to providing world-renowned education. The LEES1 Building will place 'science on display' at the University's front door through a highly transparent facade facing City Road.

The new Regiment student accommodation facility and mixed-use development will provide a communal space for students, teachers and the surrounding community that encourages collaborative learning.

It will be an eight-storey building that comprises student accommodation and mixed use educational/teaching spaces. The site will replace the old Regiment building and Darlington Centre. 

The Regiment Mixed-Use Redevelopment will front onto the junction of City and Darlington roads, and will step down from eight to five storeys towards the east boundary with the Institute Building. The development will include:

  • 616 single dorm-style bedrooms
  • 2 two bedroom apartments
  • 5 general teaching spaces, learning hubs, a theatre and meeting rooms
  • maker spaces, incubator spaces and music rooms
  • 5 rooftop terraces
  • communal kitchen
  • shared toilet and bathroom amenities
  • communal flexi-spaces and tea-making facilities on each floor
  • communal lounges and games rooms
  • shared communal laundry
  • basement bicycle storage room and end-of-trip facilities
  • a new publicly accessible pathway through the site, which runs between City Road and Darlington Road.

This initiative aims to enhance students' campus life by providing shared experiences and learning spaces and encouraging students and staff to meet, collaborate and socialise. The mixed-use development will also promote greater use of existing and new University educational facilities.

More information, enquiries and complaints

To enquire about the development or to make a complaint, please contact Richard Crookes, Senior Project Manager, by email at mcerleant@richardcrookes.com.au or phone on 0414 209 389.

Important documents for this development

Development Consent

Approved Development Consent drawings

Environmental Management Plan

Construction Traffic and Pedestrian Management Plan

Construction Noise Vibration Management Plan

Construction Waste Management Plan

The University is planning an exciting new facility – the Susan Wakil Health Building – to be located on our Camperdown Campus in our health precinct.

The building will be a multidisciplinary facility that will co-locate the faculties of nursing and midwifery (currently located at Mallett Street) and health sciences (currently located at the Cumberland Campus) and the Central Clinical School from Sydney Medical School (currently located at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital).

The building will provide shared, innovative clinical simulation teaching spaces, formal and informal learning functions and contemporary research facilities that will strengthen the University's position in health, research and teaching. Additionally, the project will encompass a multi-service clinic that will serve a number of research, teaching, industry partnering and community outreach functions.

Located on the site of the existing Blackburn and Bosch group of buildings and adjacent to the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, the 23,000m2  Susan Wakil Health Building will provide a new home on the Camperdown Campus for health-related teaching and learning.

More information, enquiries and complaints

See below a list of important documents for this building project and copies of them. To enquire about the development or to make a complaint, please contact us by email at Susanwakilbuilding@laingorourke.com.au.

Alternatively, you can call us on 0409 392 110 or 1800 95 11 61 or send a letter to PO Box 1505,  North Sydney NSW 2059.

Important documents for this development

Approved Development Consent drawings

Development Consent

Environmental Management Plan

Construction Traffic and Pedestrian Management Plan

Construction Noise Vibration Management Plan

Construction Waste Management Plan