When will Union Court be completely fenced off?
From 7 August 2017, you will no longer be able to access Union Court. This means that all entrances including Sullivan’s Creek Bridge will no longer be accessible. Signs will be posted around Union Court advising students of the best alternative routes around the construction area to different parts of campus. This fencing will stay in place until the development is completed at the beginning of 2019.
We realise that this large construction zone will impact everyone’s movements around campus and we ask for your patience during this time and that you take this into account when planning your route through campus.
When will North Road become one-way?
From August 2017 until the beginning of 2019 North Road will become one-way. This means that traffic will only flow south towards Union Court from Barry Drive. This change is being implemented because North Road will be one of the main access points for the Union Court construction zone which means that large trucks carrying building materials will be frequently using this road.
Although bike riders and pedestrians will still be able to travel both ways along North Road, we ask that you pay careful attention to the safety signs that will be posted in this area as there will be large vehicles moving along the road.
Where will all the construction workers park?
ANU is a campus equivalent to a regional city and there are always construction and major service works underway throughout the campus, which may require contractors to park on site for a short period of time.
However for major projects it is always the aim to ensure car parking on campus remains for the use of students, staff and academics.
Contractors working on the Union Court Revitalisation project and the construction of the Pop-Up Reunion Village will park off campus in a dedicated site office or with exclusive use of a nearby multi-storey carpark during typical construction hours of 6am to 4pm.
How will the project ensure that hazardous materials, including asbestos, are safely removed?
Any hazardous material removal is being carried out by a licensed removalist, with supervision and air monitoring carried out by an independent environmental hygienist.
There is no health and safety risk to the occupants of adjacent buildings during this process.
What is the strategy for trees in Union Court?
ANU is committed to ensuring University Avenue remains a tree-lined gateway to the heart of the University and will replace every tree removed as part of the project.
To get there, we will have to protect some trees and to remove some trees that are not fairing well. Wherever possible, we’ll protect trees of heritage significance that are healthy.
The ANU arborist has been providing advice to the project team to ensure the right species are selected as replacement trees. Five of the large cedar trees along University Avenue will also be protected and preserved.
Proposed tree planting will celebrate the memory of existing trees while paying homage to historic tree planting design to highlight the landscape legacy of our open spaces.
The new University Avenue trees selected are Quercus palustris ‘Freefall’, a Pin Oak, and Eucalyptus polyanthemos, a Red Box – these tree will be planted in alternate pairs reflecting the Indigenous and European history of the site while reinforcing the landscaped axis of the area.
The trees also play a key role in our approach to water sensitive urban design, helping us to manage water runoff from paved surfaces in ways that will protect the newly remediated creek.