Multiplex to build University of New South Wales’ $133m science building


July 07, 2017 – Australian construction firm Multiplex has bagged a contract to build a new science and engineering building (SEB) for the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Australia.

The AUD174.4m ($133m) building will be located on the corner of International Road and Third Avenue within the UNSW campus.

Designed by Grimshaw, the facility will comprise of 10 levels and provide 24,000 sq m of teaching and research facilities to the School of Chemical Engineering and the School of Chemistry.

The new building represents the second phase of the Materials Science and Engineering Building, now known as the Hilmer Building. It will be linked to the Hilmer Building, allowing facilities to be easily shared between the two buildings.

It will also feature a flexible laboratory core, with modules arranged around a central service corridor.


Additionally, workstation and office accommodation will be provided around the perimeter of floor plates in the new SEB with the same specifications for joinery, wet areas and finishes as the Hilmer Building.

Basement of the SEB will offer storage, contemporary interactive and collaborative teaching spaces and student-led study spaces.

Construction work for the new SEB is expected to complete in January 2019.


Multiplex regional managing director for New South Wales David Ghannoum said: “We are delighted to continue our ongoing collaboration with The University of New South Wales and play a pivotal role in creating these world-leading research and education facilities.

“Our previous work with the University has given us the credentials to deliver these highly technical facilities in an active campus environment.”




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