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Multiplex lands $174m Australian uni contract

6 Jul 17 Multiplex has won an AU$174.4m (£102.6m) contract for a new building to house science and engineering departments at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Sydney, Australia.

The new Science & Engineering Building (SEB) is part of the Physical Sciences Precinct at the university’s Kensington campus.

The SEB, which has been designed by Grimshaw, will span 10 levels and provide 24,000m2 of teaching and research facilities to the School of Chemical Engineering and the School of Chemistry. It represents Stage 2 of the Materials Science & Engineering Building, now known as the Hilmer Building. It will be connected to the Hilmer Building – which was also built by Multiplex - enabling facilities to be easily shared between the two.

The SEB design will be a consistent extension of the Hilmer Building and will include a flexible laboratory core, with modules arranged around a central service corridor. Workstation and office accommodation will be provided around the perimeter of floor plates with the same details and specifications for aspects such as joinery, wet areas and finishes generally as well as façade design.

The SEB basement is designed to be multi-purpose and provide functions including storage, interactive and collaborative teaching spaces and student-led study spaces. An expanded basement area will provide new performance spaces for the School of Arts & Media.

Multiplex has also recently completed the new AU$125m Biological Sciences Building, with classes starting in the building this month.

Construction of the new SEB is scheduled for completion in January 2019.

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