School of Performing Arts, University of Western Sydney – Sydney, New South Wales.


Sydney, New South Wales



Richard Crookes Construction


BG&E Sydney
School of Performing Arts, University of Western Sydney

The School of Performing Arts is nestled in Sydney’s growing west and is an integral part of the University of Western Sydney’s Kingswood Campus.

BG&E provided structural engineering for the progressive facility, which comprises areas for academic learning and practical experiences – including nine interconnecting dance studios, learning spaces and an administration centre.

Some of the key features of the school are set out below.

  • Three large dance studios comprising a steel framed structure, precast facade and steel roof sheeting.
  • The nine dance studios required specific details to limit acoustic and vibration breakout between the studios and the other areas.
  • A combination of cast on ground concrete and precast floors were used on the undulating site.
  • The ground conditions required the installation of small-piled foundations that could accommodate a future basement level.
  • The external steelwork comprises a high-performance protective paint coating for aesthetic reasons, rather than hot dip-galvanising.