UWS Lecture Theatre

Barnson was part of a winning design tender with JDH architects for the prestigious two-storey lecture theatre and teaching rooms that form part of the Nirimba educational precinct at the University of Western Sydney’s Quakers Hill campus. Barnson has provided the structural, civil and geotechnical consultancy components of the design.

Led by Bathurst Director, Richard Noonan, the design has seen a few challenges and changes along the way. One of its biggest challenges was the unsuitable foundation soil, due to past uses of the site as a naval base.

The design solution was to have both the ground and first floor slabs designed as a suspended slab and to place beams on concrete piers and columns. During the build, Barnson worked with the contractor to re-design the ground floor slab beams to accommodate a change to steel screw piles instead of concrete piles.

Adding to the complexity of the project was the University's requirement for the building to achieve a six star green rating. To achieve this, the design needed to include treatment of the stormwater, as well as the use of recycled and environmentally-produced steel and concrete. Working with the Greenstar consultants allowed Barnson to achieve an environmentally-sensitive outcome that the client is very happy with and Barnson expects to provide an exciting learning environment for the students.