Thomas Cherry Forecourt Upgrade

Thomas Cherry Forecourt

We are upgrading the Thomas Cherry Forecourt.

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The upgrade of the Thomas Chery Forecourt will reactivate this currently underutilised asset, and provide improved amenities for students and the University community at large, at this key gateway point into the University.

The upgrade will provide a space for people arriving or departing the University via bus, car or foot to gather. The completed forecourt will deliver better access to the University from the west, and include improved seating, drinking fountains, an upgrade of the lighting and security and increased wireless network coverage.

In line with the Melbourne Campus Masterplan, the upgrade represents the second of four packages.

Project status

Works completed December 2016


  • Improved seating and informal gathering spaces, providing increased wireless coverage
  • A greatly improved first impression for students and visitors accessing the campus from its western side, whether it be by public transport, foot or private vehicle.
  • Increased levels of health and safety via improved accessibility provided for all people.

Design features

Environmentally sustainable design initiative such as:

  • recycled materials in the deck
  • low energy consumption lighting
  • permeable surface treatments around existing trees maintaining natural water supply to the plants root system
  • sustainable planting requiring minimal water to maintain

A flexible space able to adapt when needed to the requirements of a number of uses.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Will I still be able to access the Agora from the Science Drive Bus Stop while these works are underway?
Yes, access to the Agora will be maintained via the existing path on the north side of the Forecourt. See Site Establishment Plan.

Can I still access the Thomas Cherry Building?
Access into the Thomas Cherry Building will still be available on ground level from the south and east.  Access on all other levels will remain the same.

Will the sculpture be maintained?
Yes.  Dante’s Divine Comedy is a significant part of the Universities extensive art collection and will continue to be a key feature in the Thomas Cherry Forecourt.  If you wish to learn more about Dante's Divine Comedy you can find out more via the La Trobe University Museum of Art web page at

If I need to access the forecourt area, how do I go about it?
If for some reason access is required to the forecourt area please contact the La Trobe Project Manager to arrange.  In the case of an emergency La Trobe Security will be able to assist.

Project consultants

Client: La Trobe University
Project manager: JohnStaff Projects (VIC)
Architects: Billard Leece Partnership
Building services: HR Consulting Engineers
Quantity surveyor: Wilde & Woollard
Structural/civic engineers: Irwin Consult
Building surveyor:             Philip Chun Building Compliance
Landscape architects:Papworth Davis

Further Information

Contact the project director:

Project Manager:
David Quigley
Latrobe University Infrastructure and Operations.
0416 174825