University of Newcastle

Student Accommodation


University of Newcastle – Student Accommodation
Callaghan, NSW


John Holland Pty Ltd

Construction Budget


Project Details

  • John Holland were contracted to construct 4 x 8 storey student accommodation towers at the University of Newcastle

  • MPC were engaged by John Holland Pty Ltd to provide structural engineering concept development and detailed design and documentation of reinforced concrete decorative façade panels, including installation sequences and support framing, proposed to be erected around the lower perimeter of each building

Challenge Faced / Engineering Problem Solved:

  • The architectural detailing required extremely thin concrete panels with structural thicknesses as low as 50mm. MPC assisted John Holland in the development of concepts for fabrication and erection of the panels, including design of structural steel lifting and bracing frames, lifting anchors, and installation sequences
  • MPC’s design process included 3D finite element modelling of the complex lifting frames required for installation of the façade panels with limited site access

Safe Strong Stable Solution

Construction Engineering services included:

  • Transport, lifting and rotation procedures
  • Lifting sequence design documentation and specifications
  • Structural steel lifting and bracing frames
  • Lifting anchors and fixings for project design life

Engineering Design Services / Reviews

  • Lifting and bracing frame analysis and design
  • Transport, lifting and rotation sequence documents based on analysis and design

Project Type

Construction Engineering Services
New Industrial Construction

Engineering Type

Construction Phase Services

Project Stages

  • Detailed investigation and assessment of structural design intent prepared by the consulting engineer
  • Structural Engineering Design and Documentation for lifting management solutions
  • Design Workshops and Project Meetings
  • Design Coordination with Principal and Lifting Contractor
  • Safety in Design / Environmental Considerations
  • Construction Phase Services – Site Inspections, RFIs, Shop Drawing Reviews

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Let’s Design Safe, Stable & Strong Solutions Together!