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This week marks a major milestone for the Thomas Street Building, with the official end of excavation. The excavation hit rock bottom in October, including creating a 'moat' that will surround the Library Retrieval System, and work has continued since then to remove the spoil (materials dug up during excavation).

The moat will provide flood protection - important to protect the university's library collection - as well as much-needed air flow when construction is complete.

All material and machinery has now been removed from site, which is being prepared for handover to the newly-appointed managing contractor, Richard Crookes Construction.

UTS appointed Richard Crookes Constructions as managing contractor for the $100M+ Thomas Street Project, which includes the Thomas Street Building, Library Retrieval System and Alumni Green revitalisation project, late last month.

“The appointment of Richard Crookes Constructions represents a major milestone in the development of this high profile and complex project that is located at the heart of our city campus,” said UTS Program Management Office Director, Nigel Oliver.

Richard Crookes Construction has completed more than $4 billion worth of projects in NSW and the ACT over their 46-year history. It is one of Australia’s largest private companies, undertaking large- and small-scale developments and employing over 250 personnel.

The smooth bottom of the hole.

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