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University of Newcastle Upgrade & Extension of Car Parks 1 & 15

Project Name
University of Newcastle Upgrade & Extension of Car Parks 1 & 15
University of Newcastle
$Value of project
$4 million
Location of project
Callaghan NSW
Contract period
January 2015 - April 2015
Scope of works

Construction of two new asphalt sealed car parks located at opposite ends of the University of Newcastle Callaghan Campus.  Car Park 1 will provide an additional 169 car parks over an area of 5,230m2 and Car Park 15 an additional 376 car parks over 10,722m2.

Project Highlights

The recent opening of 4 contemporary eight-storey towers providing 778 bed student accommodation has nearly doubled the on-campus accommodation and Car Park 15 is intended to help with the parking demand of the 40,000+ enrollments at the campus.  Car Park 1 was located near the main entry road and the most popular car parking area of the campus and Car Park 15 was located at the opposite end of the campus near the accommodation facilities.  Both entry roads were busy on a daily basis and the Project Team had to ensure minimal disruption to the students was maintained at all times. Both car parks experienced significant rainfall events mid-project that made for challenging work conditions and timelines as well as having to contend with overhead power-lines and underground services crossing the sites and running along the edges of the works.