Australian Institute for Nanoscale Science and TechnologySydney, Australia

The Australian Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology is the University of Sydney’s new 10,000 sq m state of the art physics research building. Construction of the building began in mid 2014 and Practical Completion was achieved in June 2015.

The building was constructed by Lend Lease with a construction budget of over $100M, which was jointly funded by the Federal and NSW State Governments and the University of Sydney through various grants.

Contained in the building are:

  • Twenty three world class laboratories specially designed for Nanoscience research with two additional office spaces with the ability to be converted into laboratories.
  • Open plan office and meeting rooms for teaching and research staff.
  • Two electron microscope suites.
  • An ISO Class 5 and 7,500 sq m Cleanroom with the ability to be upgraded to ISO Class 4 in the future, to house advanced nanofabrication and characterisation tools.
  • Modern teaching facilities including a 300 seat lecture theatre, an interactive learning studio and a number of smaller seminar and meeting rooms.

Norman Disney & Young’s (NDY) involvement started in the initial bid stage, through GMP with Lend Lease, detailed design and construction.

Some of the specific requirements of the design included:

  • Tight temperature and humidity control.
  • Isolation from electromagnetic interference through the use of shielding to the cable reticulation and local laboratory Distribution Boards.
  • High W/sq m allowance for all laboratories with separate “Normal” and “Clean” power outlets.
  • Specialised low electromagnetic interference lighting for the laboratories.
  • Low impedance technical earthing system for all laboratories.

NDY have also managed to maintain and develop a relationship with the University of Sydney’s Campus Infrastructure Services.

The primary purpose of the building is to discover and harness new science at the nanoscale level, leading to a dramatic increase in potential applications in the field of engineering and medical science. It is hoped that many of these discoveries will transform communications, medical treatment and energy generation in the 21st Century.

Other Project Information:

Construction Value: $100 million
Building Contractor: Lend Lease
Architect: Architectus

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