The University of Queensland Physiol Refectory

Design and construction of a food court in the University campus live environment

This refurbishment project at the University of Queensland (UQ) involved design, documentation and construction works to the existing Physiol Refectory to provide a new retail space. In order to deliver design options to UQ, Buildcorp engaged consultants to put their vision to paper and complete initial designs with pricing. After the University chose their preferred design, construction approval was received in October 2018 and demolition commenced in November.

With limited detail available on the existing facility, the design was evolved and adapted during demolition as investigations revealed more about the existing structure and services. During construction Buildcorp completed the initial inground drainage requirements for each tenant. This ensured tenancy fit-outs ran smoothly when the tenants arrived to commence their works, which were overseen by the Buildcorp team.

Along with seven new food outlets and seating for 200 people, the refurbished building features Glulam Timber beams and full height glazing to create a unique, fresh space for campus dining.


The University of Queensland


DM2 Architecture

Contract sum



33 weeks


May 2019