We are pleased to announce that Next has been awarded the circa $35M contract to design and construct a purpose-built student accommodation building located at 4-18 Doncaster Avenue, Kensington. The state of the art facility will provide modern, quality and vibrant community based accommodation for incoming UNSW students.
The four level development will have 260 beds, with room configurations including single studio rooms, twin shares and cluster accommodation with shared living areas providing great accommodation choices for UNSW students.
The development will foster an enriching student based community through various communal areas and shared facilities including collaborative study areas and meeting spaces, recreational lounge rooms, games areas, a gym, outdoor terrace and barbecue space. Other key features include a reception area, basement parking, communal kitchens and laundry.
Architecturally designed by Hayball, the building pays homage to the surrounding terrace houses, whilst remaining a distinct modern development. Three of the five existing properties have been demolished. The remaining two local heritage-listed Victorian filigree terraces at 10 and 12 Doncaster Ave are to be retained.
“Next were engaged by Accord Property on an Early Contractor Involvement (ECI) to identify any project risks up front, undertaking design review and coordination to ensure our clients project objectives were realised. This included stakeholder negotiations including Transport for NSW and Randwick Council prior to works commencing, since the site is located next to the light rail,” said Next CEO Joseph Di Girolamo.
The building facade includes white masonry detailing which is constructed to compliment the retained heritage terraces with the newly constructed building. The white brick façade will feature architectural face bricks, feature piers and joints articulated with striking metal cladding.
The development incorporates a range of sustainability initiatives and will achieve a 4 Star Green Star rating, through energy efficient design and construction selections. Next will manage the implementation of the sustainability standards, which will provide long term operational cost savings for the client.
Prefabricated bathroom pods will be installed in lieu of traditional bathroom construction, which will accelerate the construction program and provide a higher quality standard, allowing for seamless delivery, installation and cost efficiency.
The project team are excited to mobilise on site with the commencement of excavation and heritage works to commence in September 2020.