University of Newcastle - Honeysuckle City Campus
The campus contains four levels of exposed timber, with each floor offering flexible teaching spaces. Northrop were engaged to provide structural and specialist timber engineering services for this landmark project. Timber has been well and truly championed with the scale of mass timber providing a sense of place for the project with its location within the harbourside precinct. Occupant wellness is also addressed with evidence-based studies determining that timber, when applied to a building’s internal spaces, contributes to stress reduction in students. With engineering challenges unique to Newcastle such as mine subsidence and poor ground conditions, the use of timber for this project ticked all the boxes. The project was built from post and beam construction - glulam columns and beams, with CLT slabs. The most impressive element of the building was the CLT stairs spanning nearly 8m. These stairs were simply lifted into place which was consistent with the offsite fabrication theme. Majority of the lift cores and fire stairs were also precast panels creating a build similar to that of a jigsaw. This impressive building represents new standards in education, innovation, enterprise and environmentally-sustainable infrastructure for the Newcastle region.