Central Courtyard

Central Courtyard

Central Courtyard


12 November - Sport and Aquatic Centre pedestrian access changed

30 July - Fencing around Mars Creek works

4 June - VC attends ground-breaking ceremony

16 April - Gymnasium Road pedestrian access changed

2 April - footpath closed

Please contact campusdevelopment@mq.edu.au if you have a complaint or compliment about the project’s construction activity and we will endeavour to respond within 48 hours.


Contractor FDC started construction in May 2019 on redeveloping Macquarie's Central Courtyard precinct located on the site behind Wally's Walk to the north. It will reopen in 2021 in the form of a revitalised and replanted Central Courtyard surrounded by one existing, and three new buildings that have been designed to be lighter and brighter than their predecessors, creating a new vibrancy and dynamism for all to enjoy.

Also flowing onto the University’s lake and lawn, the building 1 Central Courtyard will include 25 formal teaching spaces and adjacent informal learning areas that will complement the student hub at 18 Wally's Walk, adding newer format teaching environments. There will also be two new student residential towers built as part of the project.

Key features:

  • 68,000m2 total area
  • Social and educational focus
  • New on-campus accommodation for students (341 beds planned in the initial phase)
  • New graduation hall, retail areas including the U Bar, upgraded Lincoln Building (16 Wally's Walk) with food and beverage outlets and a new home for the Research Office.

The Central Courtyard redevelopment is Macquarie’s largest and most transformative project under its current $500 million program of capital works. Designed by award-winning design studio Architectus, the new buildings will serve a variety of functions and deliver modernised social and educational infrastructure at the very heart of the campus.

Macquarie University Vice-Chancellor Professor S Bruce Dowton said the redeveloped Central Courtyard will reaffirm its role as the heart of student life at Macquarie.

“The Central Courtyard is a place where life-long memories of Macquarie University have been forged. Redevelopment of this precinct will keep its original purpose, but also introduce important new features for future generations of students, staff and visitors.”

The heart of campus for 54 years, Macquarie University’s Central Courtyard will see this major renewal program contribute greatly to a vibrant, sustainable and world-class campus as part of the University’s Campus Development Plan, activated in 2014.

Populated by a selection of mixed native evergreen and deciduous tree species, with some non-native species lining the surrounding pedestrian thoroughfares, the tree space plays an important role and in addition to the updated tree scape, the building will house state-of-the-art facilities for staff and students to enjoy well into the future.

The Central Courtyard precinct has been designed and will be constructed to achieve a Green Star 5.0 Star rating (Australian Excellence) under the Green Building Council of Australia’s Green Star – Design and As Built rating tool. Green Star is an internationally recognised Sustainability Rating System.

1 Central Courtyard

Previously known as ‘the Hub’, the new, five-level building is the largest element of the project and will retake its place as the heart of campus, with showcase design features and destinations including:

  • Basement level: Graduation hall and stage, function rooms, commercial kitchen and plant area. Area - 3,133m2, basement mezzanine 843m2.
  • Ground level: 12 food and beverage retail areas adjacent to the new Central Courtyard; UBar and terraced area overlooking the lake; semi-covered/open-air communal dining areas with seating. Area – 2,632m2.
  • Levels 1 and 2: 25 formal and informal teaching spaces. Area – 4,443m2 and 4,348m2 respectively.

Outdoor areas

  • The Central Courtyard area will dominate the precinct, provide a central plaza space as before but with upgraded amenity, new trees and outdoor entertainment capability in a contemporary landscape design installing quality paving, seating and pathways. Area – 7,930m2.
  • A landscaped Residential Courtyard will service students living in the new residential towers and connect to the Central Courtyard. Area – 3,480m2.

Student accommodation

  • A first for Macquarie University, two brand new student residential towers with up to 341 beds will be built, with further residential towers planned for the precinct at a later date. The design caters for contemporary student study and living needs. Ancillary and function spaces are also included. Given the proximity to Central Courtyard buildings and plaza-facing retail areas, the student accommodation is set to encourage night-time and student-led use of the new development. Area - 11,500m2.

Lincoln building, 16 Wally's Walk

  • A campus architectural icon, the four-level Lincoln building will undergo an internal and facade refurbishment with the Ground Level (507m2) converted into six retail food and beverage outlets that will open onto the new Central Courtyard area. Upper floors will be used for the Higher Degree Research Office and Research Services. Area - 2,500m2.

Content owner: Macquarie University Property Last updated: 14 May 2020 4:03pm

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