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Watpac wins Australian Hearing Hub
Released 12 May 2011

Watpac’s Construction division has been awarded the $75 million construction contract for the new Australian Hearing Hub to be built at Sydney’s Macquarie University.    

The award of the contract follows Watpac successfully completing the Early Contractor Involvement phase of the project, which began in September 2010.

Watpac has recently completed the Cochlear Global Headquarters project, which is also situated on the Macquarie University Campus.

The Australian Hearing Hub will be a world-class facility, purpose-designed to facilitate collaborative research into hearing and related speech and language disorders.

It will bring together research teams from the University, and Australian Hearing Services, as well as private sector hearing service-related commercial and not-for-profit organisations.

The Hearing Hub will also provide additional teaching and learning scope for students in Hearing, Audiology and Language sciences.

The six-storey building will feature approximately 20,000m2 of net lettable space, and two levels of basement car parking catering for over 300 vehicles.

The Hearing Hub will include approximately 2,000sqm of shared space, which will feature a specialist anechoic (‘no echo’) chamber, a 150-seat lecture theatre, and a Magneto Encephalograph (MEG) facility, which will require the relocation of two existing MEG machines from within the University and the installation of a third.

Other shared facilities will include meeting and conference rooms, information technology spaces, teaching rooms, a library and a café.