John Phillips LIbrary at Western Sydney University

John Phillips Library

A Comfortable Space for Learning and Socialising


Western Sydney University


Sydney, Australia

Year Completed


Floor Area


Project Value

A $30M

Holmes Team

Sarnia Rusbridge

The Kingswood campus for the University of Western Sydney was originally a dairy farm. In the 1960’s, the site was changed to be a tertiary education precinct where the University of Western Sydney later set up one of its campus’.  

In 2011, a new library was designed for the campus to be positioned along the main campus walk, at the centre of University life.  

The design, a new five storey library, consolidates facilities from two campuses. The large skylights and windows allow natural light to enter and open views across the greater campus.  

Holmes Fire provided a series of alternative performance solutions, in particular, we engineered the smoke exhaust rates for the atrium allowing for an optimised design and improved location of smoke control fans, improving the design aesthetic from within. Holmes Fire also optimised the fire protection of fibre-reinforced concrete beams, working within extreme tolerances.  

UWS library is a great example of performance-based fire engineering, providing practical solutions to enhance design and functional outcomes.

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