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Scape Darling Square

41 Darling Dr
Sydney NSW 2000

Urbanest Student Accommodation
Allen Jack & Cottier Architects
20 months
May 2018
Contract Sum

Following the successful delivery of adjacent Scape Darling House, Scape Darling Square (formerly Urbanest)’s second tower featured 668 beds in 520 rooms spanning 22 floors – further demonstrating Buildcorp’s ability to manage and seamlessly deliver significant accommodation construction projects.

Handed over defect-free, Scape Darling House was the third Urbanest student accommodation facility delivered by Buildcorp’s project team, and their second project on this integrated redevelopment site.

Buildcorp’s project team capitalised on learnings from the previous two Urbanest projects (including the neighbouring Darling House building) to fast track the delivery of Darling Square. The program and design were optimised utilising Building Information Modelling (BIM) technology to deliver a defect-free handover. Creative design solutions implemented on the project included:

  • Floor-by-floor cycle planning and subcontractor programs to enable work over multiple floors concurrently
  • Prefabricated bathroom pods installed via pre-prepared ‘floor templates’
  • Façade installation using monorails across three elevations and two launching platforms which helped to minimise any impact on the light rail line adjoining the site
  • The space on site was limited and therefore the team spent considerable time conducting detailed investigations and planning to ensure that the site establishment would be sufficient for the delivery of the towers
  • Given the CBD location and constrained site, there was limited space for materials storage, so team came up with a two storey site accommodation solution with additional materials storage above the B class hoarding


  • MBA NSW Award 2019
    Student Accommodation $100m+

Services & Sectors

The Darling Square building was the first to provide a fully catered offering for its residents, whilst also integrating large communal and social spaces, a central landscaped courtyard, outdoor movie screen, dedicated study spaces and secure bicycle parking.

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