Best of the best 2018 - Hansen Yucken

Winners: The Hansen Yucken team accepts the highly coveted award at the MBA National Awards in November.
Winners: The Hansen Yucken team accepts the highly coveted award at the MBA National Awards in November.

Established in 1918, local builder Hansen Yuncken has recently celebrated 100 years in the Australian construction landscape.

Since its inception, the organisation has continually delivered high quality projects in the educational sector – over $2.5 billion worth in fact.

In addition, Hansen Yuncken has now completed more than 20 projects for the University of Newcastle (UoN) and is continually building on the successful and collaborative partnership between the two companies.

The long-standing relationship is now stronger than ever, following the recent award of the hallmark, Liberty national educational facility, NeW Space, at the Master Builder Association National Excellence in Construction Awards Ceremony in November 2018.

The multi award-winning facility, NeW Space, includes 14,000m2 of student, learning and office areas spread across nine floors.

With innovative design at the forefront of this project, students have access to flexible study areas, exceptional lecture theatres and tutorial and workshop spaces fitted-out with the latest in educational technology.

Described as a breath of fresh air into the UoN campus, the landmark precinct operates 24/7, and attracts 3,500 students every day.

A new home for the School of Business and Law, facilities include digital library services and information commons, collaborative learning and research spaces, work integrated learning, services for industry, professional and community engagement and social spaces.

The building is designed to allow for a new mode of teaching, replacing traditional lecture theatres with flexible work spaces and booth seating.

Aside from the structural challenges and requirements, the façade system incorporates over 24 finish types, involving procurement and fabrication worldwide.

Denita Wawn, Chief Excutive Officer of Master Builders Australia, commented “Hansen Yuncken must be congratulated for providing an ideal built environment for this cutting-edge world class education hub that’s also proven to be a catalyst for the renaissance of the Newcastle CBD.”

Designing for sustainability was a key focus for the Project Team.

NeW Space has been awarded a 5-Star Green Star – Education Design v1 Certified Rating from the Green Building Council of Australia, a first for the Hunter Region.

The certification, which represents Australian excellence in environmentally sustainable design, aligns with the University’s sustainability objectives.

A leader in sustainable design and construction, this exceptional project was not without its challenges.

Due to the project’s central CBD location, and prominence in the community, planning was essential to seamlessly coordinate traffic movements, council requirements and road closures with minimal disruption.

Project challenges continued, as the site had to be designed with earthquake and residual mine shafts to consider.

Water located underneath the construction site was expertly pumped, and returned to council stormwater systems, as quickly as it had entered.

Recognising the importance of innovation and technology in the construction sector, the approach to delivering NeW Space was no different.

Hansen Yuncken incorporated cutting-edge construction software at every turn, which helped to ensure the project remained on schedule at all times.

“The building has received national and international acclaim and Hansen Yuncken is a deserving winner,” Denita Wawn added. 

The Hansen Yuncken Project Team agrees that vital communication, creativity and enthusiasm to work through solutions was key in overcoming the challenges that became apparent throughout design and construction.

It was an excellent result achieved, with the entire construction finished in time for Semester 2, 2017, as planned.

The future looks bright for these local builders, with a strong project pipeline planned for 2019, incorporating health, education, justice, commercial and community infrastructure projects.

With its sights set on delivering the next generation of educational facilities, Hansen Yuncken will undoubtedly be a name to remember for the next one hundred years to come in the construction industry.

To find out more information visit: www.hansenyucken.com.au

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