Macquarie University puts progress into action

28 May 2019
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Macquarie University has announced today it has officially marked the start of construction on the Central Courtyard precinct redevelopment with a ground-breaking ceremony hosted by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor S Bruce Dowton.

The Central Courtyard redevelopment is Macquarie’s largest and most transformative project under its current $500 million program of capital works. The program will also deliver new buildings for the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences in 2020.

The Central Courtyard project is due for completion in early 2021 and encompasses 68,000m2 across four new and reimagined buildings placed around grassed and paved courtyards. The new precinct will feature a graduation hall and dedicated function area; a new home for the iconic student social hub, the UBar, with a terrace overlooking the expansive grounds and lake; 25 state-of-the-art teaching, learning and breakout areas and; a first for Macquarie, new on-campus student accommodation that will provide 342 beds in the first stage. The precinct will also offer a mix of retail and food outlets, giving wider choice to a growing student community.

Professor Dowton said the redeveloped Central Courtyard will reaffirm its role as the heart of student life at Macquarie.

“The Central Courtyard is a place where life-long memories of Macquarie University have been forged. Redevelopment of this precinct will keep its original purpose, but also introduce important new features for future generations of students, staff and visitors.”

The heart of campus for 54 years, Macquarie University’s Central Courtyard will see this major renewal program contribute greatly to a vibrant, sustainable and world-class campus as part of the University’s Campus Development Plan, activated in 2014.

The University is supported by a dedicated Metro train line, reopened this week, connecting the North Ryde campus to eight locations not serviced by rail before, allowing greater access to Macquarie for work or study and for community use of its facilities – including the Sport and Aquatic Centre, sports fields, Observatory, Incubator building and the Macquarie University Hospital and clinics.

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