Multiplex completes sustainable student housing project at Monash University

WCN Editorial Team 8 Mar 2019 OCEANIA BUILDINGS

Australian construction company Multiplex has completed a sustainable student accommodation precinct at Monash University’s Peninsula campus in Frankston.

The accommodation consists of 150 single-occupancy units set over six levels and provides a range of modern and eco-friendly residential spaces.

The student accommodation, designed by architects Jackson Clements Burrows, includes communal kitchens, games rooms and principle apartments with a total floor area of 6,000m².

Multiplex Victoria regional managing director Graham Cottam said: “We are thrilled to deliver this innovative student accommodation and continue our collaboration with Monash University.

“Student accommodation combines our skills in delivering quality residential developments with our experience in working in busy, live education environments.

“Environmental sustainability was at the forefront of this project and we are proud to provide students of Monash University with this progressive accommodation.”

This was Multiplex’s first foray into cross-laminated timber construction (CLT), which can reduce the embodied carbon in the building by half, relative to a concrete structure.

The CLT was designed and procured from Italy.

ESD has been a key driver for the project and the accommodation is set to receive Passivhaus certification.

Passivhaus design focuses on the comfort of occupants, and health and performance-based buildings where ultra-low energy use reduces operating energy costs.

The building’s rooftop solar panels and Passivhaus design reduce operating carbon emissions, and the all-electric design conforms to the university’s net zero carbon emissions strategy.

The accommodation also includes a rain water harvesting tank and water-sensitive urban design, especially a landscaped dry-creek bed that provides additional opportunities for recreation, manage storm water flows during high rain events and connect into the natural waterways of the campus.

Work commenced in March 2018 and according to Multiplex, approximately 760 people worked on site during the construction.

Monash University Pro Vice Chancellor David Copolov said: “We are thrilled with the innovative building and architectural technologies that are being applied to the student Halls of Residence at the Peninsula campus.

“The design and build processes have been accompanied by a determination to get every detail correct for the Peninsula Campus to have a landmark architectural initiative with unparalleled sustainability goals.”

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Image: Monash Peninsula campus in Australia. Photo: Courtesy of Multiplex.

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