Plans for new La Trobe Building in Shepparton take shape

Plans for new La Trobe Building in Shepparton take shape

14 Aug 2008

The architectural drawings for La Trobe University's new $9 million building were submitted to Shepparton Council for planning today. Jointly funded by the Federal and State Government's and La Trobe University, the new building will be situated on the corner of Fryers Street and North Street adjacent to GOTAFE on the Panomarket site.

"The building's stunning external appearance will make it one of Shepparton's signature buildings," said Elizabeth Lavender, Executive Director La Trobe University Shepparton Campus.

The architects were inspired in their design by the colours of the region, indigenous art, the feel of cool water and the wooden fruit boxes typical of this fruit growing area. The 2000 square metre, 2 storey building to be opened mid-2010, will also feature a landscape with deciduous trees along North Street to provide shading in the summer.

"La Trobe is contributing $2 million to Federal and State funds for the new campus building, which will be the University's most innovative learning space and reflect international best practice such as a 5 Star Green Star energy rating," said Ms Lavender.

The internal design will facilitate contemporary approaches to learning and teaching with flexible teaching spaces, and the ground floor includes a café/bookshop that becomes part of the study space creating a fantastic open plan area for students, staff and the community.

The first floor is an innovative mix of staff offices, break out areas, meeting rooms and desks for visiting and research staff. There is also a Nursing Skills Laboratory and space for student support staff.

"The staff and students at La Trobe are thrilled at the prospect of working and studying in this wonderful new building, which gives a 21st Century identity and feel to higher education study in Shepparton. If all goes to plan, demolition of the existing structures will begin later this year and construction early next year with a moving in date of May 2010," said Ms Lavender.


Gray Puksand Architects
Project Management services
Coffey Projects
Engineering Services and ESD
Umow Lai and Associates
Structural and Civil Engineer
Burns Hamilton and Partners
Quantity Surveyor
Wilde and Woollard
Landscape Architect
Tract Consultants
Building Surveyor
Gardner Group

To interview Elizabeth Lavender, Executive Director La Trobe University Shepparton Campus please call 0417 121 408.

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