New Accommodation for Sydney’s Oldest College
St Paul’s College is a residential academic community located in the heart of the University of Sydney, and is one of Australia’s oldest universities, enrolling its first students in 1857. The college has undergone a major expansion and refurbishment over the past few years.
JHA has been engaged as the multidisciplinary consultants for this new 558 bed multi-building development provided the engineering expertise for Mechanical, Hydraulic, Electrical, Level 3, Vertical Transport, Audio Visual and ESD services.
Architecturally Designed Units
The project has been designed by Cox Architects and was managed by Citta Property Group of which the project has been created in stages. The first stage being The Ivan Head Building and consisting of premium studio apartments, one, two and three bed units, ensuite bathrooms, a library/study centre, tutorial rooms and a gymnasium. The second stage, due to take new students in January, is the Graduate House building.
This will offer accommodation, dining area, communal student library, study centre and a rooftop terrace and gardens. During term time the facilities are provided for students but out of term time the accommodation can be leased out for private lets.
Modular Pod Bathrooms
For economy and speed of installation, the modular ensuite bathrooms or POD’s were manufactured offsite. When delivered they already conveniently have the toilets, showers, taps and pipework fitted. The prefabricated units are then craned into position and the services are connected by certified installer’s.
For our engineers it means the design needs to be faultless, the connections need to be absolutely accurate and much thought into the access of those connections paramount.
Stages & Phases
Future proofing of the site was necessary for the addition of a possible 3rd building. With the infrastructure of the site needing to cater for all buildings, including connection to the Old Quad existing building.
During all construction phases, the college and the oval remained operational, so one of the main challenges was to reduce the disruption as much as possible. Maintaining good coordination with utilities was imperative which meant it was paramount our engineers worked closely with the project managers for a smooth transition.