• 10 August 2015

Official opening of Mechanical Engineering complex

The completion of the new Ainsworth Building at University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Sydney marks the beginning of a new era for the School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering. The building is named after philanthropist and businessman Len Ainsworth.

Waterman Sydney was involved on the project from inception in 2012 working with the university providing input into the concept for Hydraulic and Fire services before novating to the builder for the detailed design and construction phases.

Australia’s Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull recently opened the development which forms the cornerstone of the precinct, and features state-of-the-art refrigeration, laser and mechatronics labs, as well as wind tunnels, a flight simulator, and machines for tensile and compression testing.

The precinct boasts a new 350 seat lecture theatre and various new formal teaching spaces, a new collaborative student space and café, new purpose designed teaching space, computer laboratory spaces and a solar thermal energy system on the roof, which doubles as a working lab. The development caters to 1600 mechanical engineering undergraduates, 200 postgraduate coursework students and 130 research students.

Waterman’s Associate Director of Hydraulic & Fire, David Tennent, worked on the project from inception through to completion. He commented; “I remember our first day working on this project and we knew that it would hold many challenges due to the varying components of new build and re-use spaces. The whole team embraced the challenges and what we delivered is an outstanding educational facility that will benefit engineering students long in to the future.”

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