Hansen Yuncken has won the Liberty National Education Facility Award for its construction of the University of Newcastle’s NeW Space at the National Excellence in Building and Construction Awards in November.
Denita Wawn, CEO of Master Builders Australia, says the award was well-deserved recognition of Hansen Yuncken’s delivery of the $95 million landmark education hub.
“Hansen Yuncken must be congratulated for providing an ideal built environment for this cutting edge world-class education hub that’s also proven to be a catalyst for renaissance of the Newcastle CBD,” Denita Wawn says.
The University of Newcastle’s NeW space precinct offers learning and research outcomes across the 10-level building, containing lecture theatres, library, teaching and learning spaces, offices and retail areas featuring a dual-directional sun shading system wrapped around the building form.
The building is designed to allow a new mode of teaching, replacing traditional lecture theatres with flexible workspaces and booth seating. Aside from the structural challenges and requirements, the façade system incorporates over 24 finish types, involving procurement and fabrication worldwide.
“The building has received national and international acclaim and Hansen Yuncken is a deserving winner,” Denita Wawn says.
Image: NeW space, University of Newcastle © Hansen Yuncken