Multiplex, together with its design team, was commissioned as head contractor for the Stage 2 Biological Sciences North Building. Following an intensive workshop process, the option study was submitted to the University of New South Wales, with the refurbishment of the D26 building chosen as the preferred option.
Following and extensive ECI and ongoing design development, Multiplex delivered for UNSW the refurbishment and modernisation of the existing D26 Biological Science Building, seamlessly linking new and existing buildings within the broader Biosciences Precinct.
The works entailed;
- Services identification, temporary connections and diversions, demolition and construction of the northern walkway to allow establishment of perimeter scaffold
- Decanting D26 building to Biolink stage 1
- Hazardous materials removal
- Structural demolition and strip-out to the entire building D26
- New structure and strengthening works
- New services and fit-out of laboratory spaces
- New façade
- Decanting from Biolink building to new Stage 2 building
The project, combined with Stage 1, enhances the Biomedical Research Precinct on the upper campus, complementing The Lowy Cancer Research Centre and the Wallace Wurth School of Medicine. The works included adding two levels to the existing building, together with various infill works within the existing structure and included a temporary fire stair to the adjoining Wallace Wurth Building.
This utilised a modular layer scaffolding system which enabled it to comply with BCA and fire engineering consultants’ requirements and providing fire egress from that building during the construction phase.
User access had to be maintained between the completed stage 1 Biological Science Building (E26) and the Biolink Building throughout the duration of construction works. The only connection for this link was through the D26 Building construction site. A complex way-finding and access solution was thus established to facilitate this requirement. The team took proactive approach to solving access and materials handling issues while dealing with existing services issues to adjacent buildings to ensure the effect on the university’s operations were minimised.
The standard of finish was generally of a high standard and the works were completed ahead of program.