Remediation work on the Boilerhouse to remove contaminants from its industrial bones commenced in 2017 and was completed in April 2019.

June 2020

In June 2020, 58 world-class architectural firms submitted proposals in response to our Expression of Interest for initial design. This group was shortlisted down to nine architectural teams who were asked to submit detailed designs.

Read the media release here.

October 2021

In October 2021 – Principal Design Team appointed. After a rigorous tender process, UNE was pleased to appoint Architectus and James Cubitt Architects as the principal design team, Arterial as the experience designers and Aspect as the landscape designers. Read more here.

June 2022

June 2022 sees the design of the Boilerhouse and experiences complete. This is a major milestone and one which has UNE, our philanthropists, and supporters all very excited.

August 2022

In August 2022, the tender for construction will go to market, with an expected appointment and construction start by November 2022.


It is expected the build will take approximately 16 months and the Boilerhouse Discovery Space will be open to the public in early 2024. We look forward to welcoming local and visiting children and their families to the Boilerhouse to play, learn and enjoy the fun of this iconic building and its awe-inspiring play experiences.

We continue to look for financial support from donors who also see the vision of the Boilerhouse Discovery Space and recognise the impact this project will have on the region and our children.

The Boilerhouse will provide opportunities for our region’s children and families to access innovative, cultural and educational experiences in a fun, playful environment. UNE prides itself on being a regional university and providing educational opportunities outside of the major cities. The UNE Boilerhouse Discovery Space will extend this reach and be a destination that encourages a love of learning from a young age. The impact of this will be realised for many years to come.
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