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?
A significant aim of the Union Court revitalisation project is to create a predominantly single level precinct and as a result many of the trees along University Avenue between Union Court and Childers Street, in Union Court and around Sullivan’s Creek need to be removed.
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.
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.
Trees along the Black Mountain end of University Avenue between North and Daley roads will be preserved.
Will trees be replanted?
Every tree being removed as part of the Union Court Revitalisation project will be replaced.
As part of the upgrade to University Avenue, new trees and shrubs will flank either side of University Avenue to provide increased shade for the community to enjoy.
New species of trees will include Quercus palustris ‘Freefall’, a Pin Oak, and Eucalyptus polyanthemos, or what is commonly known as a Red Box gum tree. At planting they will be 400 litre specimens, which means that they will be over four and a half metres tall.
The trees will be planted in alternate pairs along the avenue, reflecting the Indigenous and European history of the site while producing shade in summer and allowing sunlight through in winter, creating great places for the community to socialise.
New trees, shrubs and gardens will also be planted within the revitalised precinct. New species of trees along Sullivans Creek will create a corridor of native eucalypts, casuarinas and acacias.
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.
Why do trees need to be removed?
A number of trees need to be removed to bring University Avenue to a single level. This will create better accessibility for all people, including people with disabilities.
The removal of stairs along University Avenue will also create a dramatic vista into the University from Childers Street and an easier travel route for cyclists.
To achieve this, a significant amount of ground works and excavation is required between the Union Court site and Childers Street.
Trees have also been removed in the previous Union Court precinct to allow for site levelling and the construction of an underground carpark.
Wherever possible, we are protracting trees of heritage significance that are healthy. This includes five large cedar trees along University Avenue.
When will trees be removed?
The removal of trees along University Avenue is likely to be complete in the first quarter of 2018, allowing for the excavation, paving and landscaping to be complete by early 2019. Trees within the Union Court site have already been removed.
Trees have already been removed from elsewhere in the Union Court site.
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.