Queensland University of Technology (QUT)


Providing state of the art teaching, research and student facilities

The Science and Engineering Centre redevelopment involved the complete demolition and redevelopment of a major precinct at the QUT Gardens Point Campus in Brisbane. The precinct extends from the Goodwill Bridge to the Botanic Gardens at the top of the Gardens Point Campus.

The objective of the Science and Engineering Centre redevelopment was to provide state of the art teaching, research and student facilities to position QUT at the forefront of higher education within Australia and the international tertiary education market, and also to facilitate extensive collaboration with the private sector through joint research activities. The project incorporated the following:

  • 16,000m2 of new integrated teaching and commercial research space;
  • 5,000m2  of student services, administration and retail facilities;
  • New gymnasium and sports facilities including 50m indoor pool;
  • Integration with the Old Government House Heritage Precinct;
  • Extensive underground car parking and water storage; and
  • Substantial and pioneering technological and sustainability initiatives.

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Turner & Townsend Thinc was engaged by QUT as Project Managers with total responsibility for the delivery of the project. This involved extensive stakeholder and user management, strict design and cost management within demanding project guidelines, 5 star ESD rating under the new education green star rating toll and a complex staging and decanting strategy within the highly demanding Gardens Point Campus with significant early works demolition packages. Thinc’s role required liaison and reporting at the highest level of university management.


The project was procured under the state government managing contract delivery method. It was completed on time and budget in November 2012 and was officially opened by The Prime Minister, The Hon. Julia Gillard MP and Queensland Premier, The Hon. Campbell Newman MP.

The result is a pioneering research, education and community hub and a model of sustainable building design.

Download the extended project profile here.

For more information, contact: Robin Sweasey.