“….the Macquarie Uni Arts Precinct has many architectural features, including hundreds of metres of glazed balustrades”
The Macquarie University Arts Precinct Project (MUAPP) was a transformational project for the Faculty of Arts that consolidates ten of twelve departments into a precinct that showcases the unique nature and focus of each department.
New workplaces, research and teaching spaces were delivered through an expansion and upgrade of existing buildings delivering a level of flexibility and adaptability to allow for future change. Other inclusions were a new museum a highlighting numerous collections and consolidating the Ancient History Museum plus the Australian History Museum.
Features such as the soaring central atrium with the ETFE roof, and the rooftop outdoor learning space serve to provide a feeling of space and grace. The epitome of modern learning environments. In the words of our Project Manager, Jameel Dorrah, “it made you feel like going back to uni!”
Active Metal were contracted as balustrade specialists to deliver the glazed structural balustrades to the entire facility. This included the atrium voids, rooftop, central staircase and many miscellaneous areas. Using the most accurate laser survey methods, including 3D scanning, the team were able to deliver hundreds of metres of glazed balustrades with less than a 1% failure rate due to non-fitment. This is a testament to the experience of many years designing installing high quality glazed balustrades in large commercial projects.
A remarkable building that the University should be rightly proud of, and an inspiration for students, both current and aspiring, to make MQ their own.
Client: Macquarie University
Location: Macquarie University
Work Completed by Active Metal
Detail site survey, glass balustrades with solid timber handrails to stairs, balustrades to link bridge and green rooftop garden