Built in three stages, it is made up of wonderful geometric modules that housed original boilers and associated infrastructure that heated the University from the 1940’s to 2000. Through adaptive reuse, we are planning a new building that will combine original historically significant features with new design and materials to be a structure of international architectural merit. One element (of many!) that we will retain is the three level triangular prism of the structure, and expose the concrete form of the cylinder to create a feeling of awe and wonder.
The redeveloped site will include highly integrated landscaping and design that will make a significant contribution to the surrounding campus and community, and demonstrate the best practices of engineering, fabrication, construction and servicing. UNE is committed to showcasing outstanding environmental performance and an expected 5-star Greenstar rating (or equivalent) for the future building. The journey from technology of the past in the form of coal fired boilers to a future of renewable energy production can be told for generations of visitors. These stories of transition are mirrored in our population, students and staff that have called wintery Armidale their home, and place of choice for education
We’re thinking big, and want to show Australia what is possible in our regions. We’ve made a selection of recent photographs taken by four photographers from inside the Boilerhouse, click to open the image gallery.