University of Newcastle Student Accommodation

University of Newcastle Student Accommodation, NSW

The new student accommodation buildings at the University of Newcastle’s Callaghan Campus were completed in readiness for the 2015 student intake. The 780-bed facility involves four contemporary eight-storey towers that enhance the bushland setting.

There are varying apartment layouts, including studio, one, two, five and six bedrooms, with 24 accessible rooms in all layout options. John Holland was involved in all elements of construction, right down to the desks, beds, wardrobes, chairs, self-storage and broadband internet connection in bedrooms.

John Holland introduced significant cost savings to bring the project to budget prior to the commencement of the works. These included simplified precast panels for the façade, which reduced the cost of the panels, reduced the manufacture time and reduced the cost of the installation.

Another element of the design was to incorporate precast hollowcore planks for the floor slabs, which had a significant environmental impact on the design, allowing cross flow ventilation for cooling. In summer, by using the thermal mass of the hollowcore panels, the air is cooled upon entering the room, thus eliminating the requirement for air conditioning. This design element had a significant contribution to the building’s 4 Star Green Star rating.