Construction of new Shepparton campus to begin

Construction of new Shepparton campus to begin

08 May 2009

Construction of La Trobe University’s new $9 million Shepparton campus is just around the corner, as building contracts have been awarded and work scheduled to commence on 18th of May. 

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“La Trobe University is extremely grateful to the Shepparton City Council for their continued support. The signing of building contracts is a milestone in the development of this project for both La Trobe and  Shepparton and will make a considerable difference to the spectrum of higher education in this region,” said La Trobe’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Paul Johnson.

 “The new premises will mean that La Trobe Shepparton students will have access to facilities that equal their city counterparts, this will ultimately enhance their university education at the campus,” said Professor Johnson.  

The development has been supported by the Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE and the two organisations are working closely together to develop innovative education pathways for higher education in the region.

The impressive new campus building has been designed by award winning Gray Puksand Architects, and will be built by construction firm Hansen and Yuncken. The new campus is expected to be open mid-July 2010 and will be located on the corner of Fryers and North Streets, opposite the Goulburn Ovens TAFE.

The start of building work is exciting news for Shepparton campus’ staff and students. The campus offers degrees in Accounting, Nursing, Education, Business and Arts, and is one of La Trobe’s five regional campuses.  La Trobe Shepparton is growing and experiencing a steady increase in the demand for student places.

“The new campus will bring together the staff and students in a beautiful contemporary structure and it will be first time we are altogether in one building.  We expect  strong growth in demand for places and the signs are positive,” said Elizabeth Lavender, Executive Director, La Trobe Shepparton campus.

“I believe there will be many benefits for both students and staff,” she added.
"La Trobe is contributing $2 million to $5 million Federal and $2.5 million State funds for the new campus building, which will be the University's most innovative learning space.  The facility will reflect international best practice in design, 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,” said Ms Lavender.

Details

Architect

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

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