Multiplex completes $225m learning space for Monash University

WCN Editorial Team 15 Mar 2018 OCEANIA BUILDINGS

Construction firm Multiplex has completed the construction of a $225m Learning and Teaching Building at Monash University in Australia, delivering a new education space to the Clayton campus.

The project includes a regional transport interchange and a modern four-level building with learning spaces.

Designed by John Wardle Architects, the Learning and Teaching Building provides 29,227m² of formal and informal learning space as well as contemporary staff workspace to facilitate learning across all disciplines.

It will also accommodate the Faculty of Education and the Office of Learning and Teaching.

Multiplex regional managing director of Victoria Graham Cottam said: “We are delighted to continue our collaboration with Monash University with the delivery of the Learning and Teaching Building, which will provide students with truly progressive and contemporary learning spaces.”

A new learning space called ‘The Kiln’ features large brick-clad areas suspended above ground level so students can occupy them underneath, imitating an amplified conversation pit.

The new multi-modal, integrated transport interchange will increase capacity for buses and ease commuting to and from the campus.

Awning structures provide shelter while complementing the varying context of the Learning and Teaching Building facade screens and landscape features.

Multiplex had taken extensive scheduling to ensure safe and timely delivery of the project, as the construction was taking place within a live campus environment.

In spite of such complexities, Multiplex completed the construction ahead of schedule with the building ready to be utilised by students for the 2018 academic year.

In 2017, Multiplex completed Monash University’s $145m student accommodation precinct consisting of four new residential buildings and providing more than 1,000 studio apartments, with associated retail and student informal learning spaces.

The company has also delivered some of the technically advanced education facilities in Victoria, including the $200m Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), Swanston Academic Building in Melbourne’s CBD and the $100m Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning Building (FABP) in Parkville.

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