Multiplex begins work on La Trobe University’s new student housing in Melbourne

WCN Editorial Team 30 Apr 2019 OCEANIA BUILDINGS

Construction firm Multiplex has started construction on La Trobe University’s A$100m ($70.5m) student accommodation project at its Melbourne campus in Bundoora.

La Trobe University stated that this is the single largest project in its history and is part of the University’s A$5bn ($3.5bn) plan to transform its Bundoora campus.

Designed by JCB Architects, the project will deliver an additional 624 beds in two new buildings that will use mass timber construction.

Touted to be the largest project of its kind in Victoria, the accommodation will comprise of a range of apartments and common amenities spaces as well as landscaping connecting the two buildings.

The new campus will be open for students to move into from the second half of next year. The two new buildings will increase the number of beds on campus to 2,150 at the Melbourne campus alone. It will include single, four, five and six bed apartments, including 13 accessible units and common amenities spaces.

The building design features latest sustainable and environmental features, with most of the existing trees being preserved in the placement and shape of the buildings.

JCB Architects director Graham Burrows said: “The design of the new buildings is very much inspired by the extraordinary landscape in which they sit. As the largest mass timber project in Victoria, the buildings will not only offer huge environmental benefits, but they will also provide calm and beautiful spaces in and around which both resident students and the wider La Trobe community can interact.”

The construction phase will create up to 500 direct and indirect jobs, which will be a boost to the local economy.

Multiplex regional director Ross Snowball said: “We are particularly passionate about emerging design technologies which respond to environmental and sustainability needs, and we love working with universities – so this project perfectly marries the two and I’m really looking forward to seeing the outcome next year.”

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Image: Artist’s impression of the new accommodation site. Photo: Courtesy of La Trobe University.

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