Lady Symon

A beautiful new exercise studio, high quality change facilities and E-Sport studio have been refurbished in the Lady Symon building, taking advantage of the buildings's elegance and heritage features. 

An important project in the reactivation of the Union House precinct, the refurbishment of the Lady Symon building was affected by the coronavirus situation, with some of the planned works being deferred. Despite a reduced scope and budget, the project has delivered a multi-purpose studio and event space, high quality change facilities which are available for use by Musical Theatre and the wider University community and a 70sqm E-Sport studio has been created for the E-Sports club. Along with improved operational efficiencies and energy savings, and greater connectivity with Union House. 

Project overview

  • Location: Lady Symon building, North Terrace Campus
  • Size: 1200 m2
  • Cost: $3.4 million
  • Architect: Swanbury Penglase


  • Multi-purpose exercise and studio space
  • Improved operational efficiencies and energy savings through the use of central plant for air conditioning
  • Restoration of heritage features complimenting the iconic Cloisters
  • Lower ground floor of the Lady Symon building has been transformed with new male, female and accessible toilet facilities. The upgrade features showers and change rooms.
  • A number of smaller, poorly-utilised rooms have been amalgamated and upgraded into a larger, more serviceable, purpose built room for use by the University’s E-Sports club.

Completed: August 2020 – July 2021

Photo credit: Image of the Lady Symon building exercise studio by Swanbury Penglase.