Swinburne University Library Refurbishment

SHAPE created a new look and feel for the Swinburne University Library to improve the space and facilitate flexible and collaborative learning.
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Client: Swinburne University
Designer: Jackson Architecture
Delivery Model: Fixed Lump Sum (Stage 1), Lump Sum (Stage 2)
Location: Hawthorn, VIC
Duration: 30 weeks
Project Size: 3,615 m2

SHAPE brings new life to Swinburne University's library

SHAPE created a new look and feel for the Swinburne University Library to improve the space and facilitate flexible and collaborative learning.

Stage 1

The goal of Stage 1 was to upgrade facilities and provide flexible spaces. To achieve this, the team completed new workstations and tea-points, significant timber cladding, and a full amenities upgrade across three levels.

For the new stair installation between level 6 and 7, the team engaged an engineer to ensure works were completed safely and met the programme restraints. The project was successfully delivered on time and defect-free, allowing the team to move on to the next stage.

Stage 2

Following the successful completion of Stage 1, SHAPE undertook Stage 2, which included the demolition of the existing fitout, interior fitout including joinery, flooring, ceiling, an amenities upgrade and construction of new café, external building signage and architectural fins, Level 2 western façade extension and a new entry on level 2.

A key aspect of the exterior works involved cutting through an existing stair with a concrete slab beneath, to construct a new ground-level entrance to Swinburne’s Latelab. Extensive planning was required to manage these works, which took place entirely in an occupied environment. To maintain a secure and safe space, timber hoarding was erected around the construction area.

SHAPE drew upon a wealth of experience working in live environments, ensuring minimal disruption for Swinburne University staff and students.

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