Multiplex completes UNSW bio building

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MULTIPLEX has reached completion on stage two of UNSW Sydney’s Biological Sciences Building upgrade.

Located at the Kensington campus in Botany Street in Randwick, the project involved the complete refurbishment and modernisation of the existing D26 Biological Sciences Building, and linking new and existing buildings within the biosciences precinct.

Designed by architects Woods Bagot in collaboration with design teams TTW, NDY, ARUP and Surface Design, the refurbishment of D26 Biological Sciences Building included stripping out and demolition of the existing internal fit-out across eight levels, and the construction of two new levels of rooftop plant.

Brand new mixed-use wet and dry labs, and teaching and laboratory spaces were also constructed.

Stage two works began more than two years, and according to Multiplex more than 2,600 people worked on site throughout construction.

Multiplex said challenges faced during construction include the footprint of the building being wedged between three operating buildings, with minimal storage areas and difficult access for deliveries, while the building remained in use within the live construction site.

This is Multiplex’s eighth project with UNSW. Multiplex delivered stage one of the Biological Sciences Building development in 2017 – a 21,000 sqm building with capacity for more than 650 staff and students.