The New Student Precinct will make a significant contribution to the transformation of the on-campus student experience at Parkville by delivering a world-class student hub for the whole campus community.
It will be a vibrant centre of activity that will co-locate student services and activities closer to the new heart of the campus, and to primary transport links.
Co-creation will be the cornerstone of this initiative, with our students partnering with the University as active contributors and decision-makers.
Works will commence on site in November 2017 with completion scheduled for 2021–2022.
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Following the approval of the New Student Precinct Business Case by the University, the Project is now entering the Implement phase.
As part of this phase, early and enabling works are set to commence in the New Student Precinct in December. These works will be ongoing to September 2018 and will involve the demolition of the John Smyth Building and the western-annex of the Alice Hoy Building and the removal of the raised plaza surrounding the Frank Tate Building. The Project is committed to recycling and salvaging wherever possible, including the re-use of bluestone pavers, lights and wooden seating. The delicate relocation of existing outdoor art pieces is also underway.
A hoardings and activations pilot project in partnership with Next Wave Festival and Arup is underway. The pilot project includes mentoring opportunities for students and an evaluation framework in development to support the evaluation of the Precinct’s Activations work-stream. This pilot project is part of a collaboration with Property and Sustainability Administration and Finance, and the Major Project Portfolio to develop a strategy that focuses on enhancing the campus user experience.
The process of appointing the architect team to design the Precinct is progressing and will be confirmed in late December 2017.
Two Open Morning Teas were presented by New Student Precinct Ambassadors in October, providing an opportunity for staff and students to view the Precinct animation, share food and drink served from the Fair Food UniCycle and hear more about the Project.
A feature story in the University of Melbourne alumni magazine, 3010, was published in October. The story, Reimaging a Campus, provided an overview of the vision and objectives of this revolutionary new development on the Parkville campus.
The New Student Precinct has just been confirmed as signature project for the University’s soon to be released Reconciliation Action Plan 3.
Eight Sustainable Design Principles have been confirmed through a robust co-creation consultation with staff and students. The survey closed at the end of September with 259 respondents in addition to the 25 staff and students who participated in the initial Sustainable Design Principles workshop in July. As part of the Project’s co-creation commitment to providing a feedback loop, contributors to the consultation were notified of the outcome via the digital platform Campaign Monitor.
Co-creation is the process of shared design, where students and the University jointly create and own the Student Precinct Project. Genuine co-creation requires a commitment from both parties to engage in a true partnership to drive mutually beneficial outcomes. The co-creation of the Student Precinct will provide students with the opportunity to be part of the governance, design and activation of the space, and to inform key decision-making. Co-creation initiatives will be embedded into every stage of the planning, to ensure students from across the University are actively contributing and influencing the direction of the Project ongoing.
Undergraduate and postgraduate students have an exciting opportunity to get involved in the New Student Precinct Project - a project that will change the face of the Parkville campus.News
Three of our students share how they have been involved in the New Student Precinct project so far.News
The New Student Precinct Project’s co-creation engagements with students in 2016 and 2017 have highlighted just how important embedding sustainability measures into the design of the new Precinct is to students.News
A quantitative survey, conducted by Nature Research, was launched in February 2017 to confirm the co-creation feedback gathered through the online Co-creation Community in 2016.News
The Co-creation Community was launched online in 2016. Informed by the responses gathered from past co-creation activities, The Lab Strategy & Research presented online forums and discussions over an eight week period to 312 active community users.News
Several open forums and consultations with students were presented Semester 2 2016, providing another avenue for students to get involved with the Project.News
Nine design studio and elective briefs, prepared chiefly for postgraduate Architecture students, are currently in development for Semester 2.News
Nestled amongst the foliage in the proposed Student Precinct site, micro-climate sensors are working hard to assess the temperature changes of this varied landscape.News
Pop-up comment walls sprung up across the campus in May 2016, inviting students to share their views about what they think the Precinct should be.News