Bendigo Campus Transformation Program

Bendigo Campus Transformation Program

Four projects to welcome the community, transform the Flora Hill Campus and connect.

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Overview

The Bendigo Campus Transformation Program consists of the following projects.

  • Project 1: Sports Field Lighting & Change Rooms (including end-of-journey bike change facilities)
  • Project 2: New Arrivals Plaza connecting to a new bus route and interchange, and also connecting into the extended Library/Student Union Building.
  • Project 3: Extended Library/Student Union Building to create additional informal learning spaces.
  • Project 4: New Engineering Building to replace the existing Engineering Building E, which needs to be demolished to make way for the Arrivals Plaza and extended Library/Student Union Building.

The Bendigo Campus Transformation Program seeks to respond to the following strategic objectives for the Campus:

  • welcome the community in
  • transform the Flora Hill Campus
  • reach out and embrace Bendigo
  • connect to the world.

Project status

Project 1 – Sports Fields Lighting and Change Rooms has been completed.

A builder has been engaged for the projects below:

Project 2: New Arrivals Plaza and Bus Interchange

Project 3: Extended Library/Student Union Building

Project 4: New Engineering Building

Benefits

  • the Sports Field will be able to be used after-hours by the University and the greater Bendigo community.
  • increased sustainable transport facilities on Campus with a new bus route through the campus and new bike change facilities.
  • enhanced student and visitor experience with a new front door to the Campus with the introduction of bus interchange and Arrivals Plaza connecting into an extended Library/Student Union Building.
  • enhanced student experience with new contemporary informal learning spaces for students to use after hours.
  • greater accessibility for disabled students, staff and visitors to the Campus.
  • new contemporary Engineering teaching spaces & academic workspace accommodation.
  • new contemporary Engineering research spaces to attract and collaborate with industry.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

When will the existing Engineering Building E be demolished?

The Project Team is targeting demolition to commence in early 2017 and only after alternative accommodation has been created and staff relocated. Further advice will be provided to in the coming weeks and months.

Will there be any impact to Campus road networks and car-parking?

Yes, Science Drive will be permanently closed once the early construction works commence, which is targeted for early 2017.

Car Parks P3 and P12-16 will be demolished and replaced as part of the overall Project. Further details about the exact timing for demolition and replacement of car parking will be made available in the coming weeks and months before these spaces are decommissioned.

Will the Library and the Student Union facilities be open while the extension works occur?

Yes, though there be moments when some selected spaces will be unavailable during the staging of the works. Further advice will be provided  in the coming weeks and months.

When will the proposed works be finished?

A staged construction program is anticipated over the next 18 months, with all facilities targeted to be completed in readiness for the 2018 academic year.

Is the new Technical School that was announced by the State Government in April 2016 part of this Project?

Yes, it will be delivered as part of the Bendigo Campus Transformation Program. Finer details are still being resolved with the Education Department, and further information will be made available to staff and students in the coming months.

Who is the Project Team?

Project consultants

Client: La Trobe University
Project manager: Root Projects Management Pty Ltd
Architects: Vincent Chrisp Architects
Building services: Waterman
Quantity surveyor:Wilde and Woollard
Structural/civic engineers:IrwinConsult
Building surveyor:             Akriditis
ContractorHutchinson Pty Ltd