The University of Sydney has recently invested in a multi-million dollar
student accommodation programme to deal with the current shortfall in space.
Space has always been at a premium in Sydney, and especially so in the student
market where there is a distinct lack of quality, affordable accommodation.
One of Australia’s leading construction and fitout specialists, FDC
Construction and Fitout is executing the renovation work at the Queen Mary
Building in Camperdown with the 14-month project due to be completed in May
The former nursing quarters will be converted into 804 fully refurbished
bedrooms, along with living quarters, common areas and recreational facilities.
It will also include a semi-commercial kitchen designed to deal with the
demands of a large number of residents. Significant work will also be carried
out on the structure to meet compliance requirements for earthquake in addition
to a total services infrastructure overhaul.
Ben Cottle, Managing Director of FDC comments that the project will
create a number of stunning, affordable student accommodation units in the
heart of Sydney, and is a step in the right direction to tackling the ongoing
Formerly the nursing quarters for the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, the
building is situated only five minutes from campus grounds. Decommissioned in
2005, the building has remained vacant until it was purchased in 2013 by the
University of Sydney.
Ben explained that FDC secured the project after a very competitive
tender process. FDC has been liaising closely with architects Nettleton Tribe
to create a bespoke, contemporary design that suits the needs of the end users.
By utilising the existing framework of the building, the overall build time has
been reduced, ensuring minimal disruption to existing residents, while
significantly reducing costs.
Dr Michael Spence, Vice Chancellor of the University of Sydney observes
that the redevelopment will provide much needed accommodation for both domestic
and international students in a supported environment to alleviate the
affordable student accommodation crisis and add further to the vibrancy of the