A fresh look for Newcastle TAFE’s D block
The outdated D block on the TAFE NSW Newcastle site was recently given a major internal makeover by our Nulex Construction team. The building needed upgraded paint, flooring, lighting, entry structures, pin-up boards, entry ramps and more. The overall goal was to revitalise the common areas of the building and also create a much more user-friendly navigation system through the use of updated software and signage.
Historically significant, D block is also known as the W.E. Clegg Building. William Edward Clegg was a Newcastle-raised industrialist who would later become General Manager of the Commonwealth Steel Products Co. Ltd, having begun his career as a fitter and turner through training at Newcastle Technical College, now known as TAFE NSW Newcastle.
Since we were tasked with renovating the ground, first and second floor hallways and stairwells, this job took some time and a lot of planning given the significant safety implications. Working around staff and students proved to be a challenge as we needed to ensure our team had room to work, while keeping the public out of harm’s way. Our site foreman, Allan, put a number of safety precautions in place to ensure safety was achieved for all.
We began with demolishing all outdated features and structures and replacing the main entryways with new concrete ramps. New asphalt in the carpark carried on the smooth new look, and updated lines were marked in the area. We also replaced the mechanism in the tower clock, ensuring it functioned correctly once again.
On the inside of the building, we refreshed the hallway with new vinyl and carpet and polished the classrooms’ existing timber floors. Acoustic panels were added to various rooms, as were new touch screen units. New furniture brought the interior spaces together and gave it the true fresh feel we were aiming for. Lift walls and ceilings were treated with new cladding.
Brand new roller doors and aluminium glazed entry doors tied the inside and outside renovations together. New wayfinding software and signage allowed staff and students better accessibility to the new spaces.
The entry structures, designed by EJE Architecture, had the biggest impact on the project. These were installed at the five main entrance doorways to the inside of the block. Accessibility, demolition and construction took a substantial time in these zones, but the result was worth it with a modern industrial look achieve on the façade.
We wrap up this project in a few weeks and overall, we’re happy with the result and our client, Tafe NSW, is also very happy. It is also pleasing for Nulex to complete what is our third stage of refurbishment works to this building. We hope those who attend the TAFE NSW Newcastle campus like the update as much as we do!
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