About the project
La Trobe’s new $100 million Student Accommodation Project is the largest investment for a single project in the University’s history.
Comprising 624 beds, the Student Accommodation Project will improve access to high quality accommodation for students on campus and is the second largest project and a major centrepiece of the University’s ambitious $5 billion plan to transform its Melbourne Campus in Bundoora into a University City of the Future.
Designed by JCB Architects with construction by Multiplex, the Student Accommodation Project will deliver two new buildings that will utilise mass engineered timber construction - the largest project of its kind in Victoria. The accommodation will be centrally located within the core campus on College Drive, near the existing residences of Glenn College and the Indoor Sports Centre.
Key features and benefits
- 624 beds across two buildings, open to students beginning their studies in the second semester of 2020 (July).
- The accommodation will comprise of single, four, five and six bed apartments, including 13 accessible units, common amenities spaces and landscaping that joins the two buildings together.
- Harnessing new construction technology, the building design incorporates innovative, sustainable and environmental features.
- 2,700 native indigenous plants grown at the Nangak Tamboree Wildlife Sanctuary will be planted around the buildings.
- The project will support the creation of over 500 direct and indirect jobs during construction.
- The new accommodation will increase the number of beds at the Melbourne Campus in Bundoora to 2,150.
Sustainable and innovative design
Designed by JCB Architects, the new Student Accommodation building includes a range of environmentally sustainable features that showcases La Trobe’s commitment to sustainable practices and maintaining its Green Star Communities accreditation:
- The Student Accommodation Project is a mass engineered timber construction project that will utilise Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) – a new, sustainable and renewable construction technology.
- The unique, arc-shaped buildings have been designed to respond to the existing environment at the campus, with most of the existing trees being preserved in the placement and shape of the buildings.
- 5 Star Green Star building.
- Accelerated construction techniques such as pod bathrooms, prefabricated concrete and Cross Laminated Timber will fast-track construction and minimise impact and noise on site.