The University of Queensland Forgan Smith Building Level 1 Teaching Spaces

The refurbishment involved revitalising the University's first lecture theatre and tutorial spaces to deliver a 180 seat collaborative lecture theatre and two smaller collaborative seminar spaces which accommodate 30 and 54 students.

Due to the basement location and heritage significance of the project a number of contextual constraints and opportunities had to be incorporated.  The heritage components were woven into the scheme by meticulously maintaining the existing corridors and referencing the existing construction detailing.  The historical significance was further integrated via the collaboration with graphic artists to develop mural walls, which depicted the role Forgan Smith has played in the WW2 pacific campaign and as the first building on campus.

“Thank you for the good job you have done on the Level One Forgan Smith
Refurbishment. The amount of time and effort you put into this project was much
appreciated. We are happy with the final product. Well done!”
Terence Fredman, UQ Property and Facilities Project Manager

The reconstruction of the main lecture theatre was undertaken by opening up the existing façade for access and also to enable waterproofing remedial works to be undertaken.  Obtaining dual efficiencies from design decisions allowed for the efficient 7 month delivery of a complex 710m2 refurbishment project within a high use area of the university.

The University of Queensland
Project value:
$2.6 million
December 2014
Team members:
Brad Muller, William Evans