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 over 5500 students partnering with the Project to date as active contributors and decision-makers.
Works commenced on site in January 2018 with a completion scheduled for 2021–2022. Please click here for a changed access map.
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The New Student Precinct Project embraces Teaching and Learning in 2017
In 2017, the New Student Precinct Project continued a dynamic program of integrated teaching and learning opportunities. Students were given the chance to participate in placements with the Project team or internships with Project consultants, and the opportunity to use a real-world case study for their coursework. In addition, the Project has supported the initiation of research projects and positions within the Project team.
This year, the New Student Precinct Project Team supported the coordination of curricular teaching and learning opportunities in association with the Melbourne School of Design, the Melbourne School of Engineering, and the School of Ecosystem and Forest Sciences.
The Melbourne School of Design ran two courses with coursework referencing the New Student Precinct Project, through the Master of Engineering Management, the Master of Architecture and the Master of Construction Management. In a Master of Architecture studio subject, students were required to develop designs for the New Student Precinct Gate 8 'Welcome Mat', with the aim of creating a welcoming new focal point for student life on campus. The Master of Construction Management subject involved students working in groups to write a report and present it to class members on the tendering and bidding procedures for the New Student Precinct Project.
In the Master of Engineering Management, students were asked to develop an Engineering Project Management Plan; and a studio in the School of Ecosystem and Forest Sciences in the Faculty of Science asked students to respond to design questions to support the green roof infrastructure in the New Student Precinct.
All of the projects gave University of Melbourne students a real-world example to work from, and one that they could witness as part of their future life on campus.
Internships, Placements and Research
By providing student internships with industry consultants, the Project was able to support student-specific specialisation. Work Integrated Learning opportunities were granted to two students in engineering and consulting roles at Robert Bird Group and Lucid Consulting, and three students were granted placements in the Project team in various roles including Communications Assistant and Activations Assistant. The Project team benefited from the students’ dedication to a project that has their interests at its core.
A number of students embraced the New Student Precinct project as a topic for their research theses in 2017, including Zack Dahdoule whose Architectural thesis involved research into strategies to deal with the depletion of Teaching and Learning space during the development of the New Student Precinct and Melbourne School of Engineering sites. Dahdoule has since gone on to become a part of the Project team, bringing his architectural prowess and detailed knowledge of the site constraints during development phases
2018 and beyond
Looking forward, the Project team will seek to continue developing comprehensive opportunities for coursework, placements and internships across faculties and disciplines, with a high-level commitment to running both curricular and co-curricular subjects each year.
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
New Student Precinct Design Response Presentation
New Student Precinct Moments 2017
Open Morning Tea
The Growroom Build
Growroom and Fair Food UniCycle
Student Ambassador Induction Meeting
Short Cut with Marley
New Student Precinct at the University of Melbourne
Student Precinct flyover at the University of Melbourne
New Student Precinct Design Process
Rachel Withers on the Project
The New Student Precinct (the Precinct) offers a once in a generation opportunity to transform the campus-based student experience and provide benefits and quality outcomes for University students and staff.
The Precinct will be defined by Monash Road to the north, Grattan Street to the south, Swanston Street to the east and the Melbourne School of Engineering Precinct to the west, incorporating nine University of Melbourne buildings. Situated close to primary transport links such as the tram super-stop on Swanston Street and the future Melbourne Metro Rail station on Grattan Street, the location for the New Student Precinct will be easily accessible to all students studying at the University of Melbourne’s Parkville campus. The Project will increase contemporary study and informal spaces (including 24/7 co-working spaces) and the and diversity of social spaces.
CO-LOCATION OF STUDENT SERVICES
University of Melbourne Student Union and the Melbourne Institute for Indigenous Development, Murrup Barak, currently located in Union House and Old Physics respectively, are two student organisations that will be relocated to the Precinct. These services will form part of a co-located student precinct alongside existing services provided by the Graduate Student Association, Stop 1, the Co-op Bookshop and the Eastern Resource Centre.
THE DESIGN PROCESS
To date, an Urban Design Framework (UDF) in 2016, a Feasibility Study and a detailed design of Early and Enabling works taking place in 2017 have been developed for the Precinct. The UDF worked to understand the existing site limitations and to identify opportunities and challenges in upgrading existing Precinct infrastructure and developing new building fabric. The Feasibility Study ensured the major intervention posed in the UDF of lowering the ground plane was feasible.
Landscape master planning has now commenced and will consider the site and context of existing trees and landscape – including City of Melbourne interfaces such as Swanston Street and Grattan Street – and the need for activated outdoor and retail space and green space. The landscape master plan will also include Indigenous and sustainable design principles that will be co-created with our students.
The process of appointing the architecture team to design the Precinct is underway and will be confirmed in December 2017. Two aspirational renders of the amphitheater and Arts and Cultural building are below (indicative illustrations only).
Co-creation underpins the design and development of the New Student Precinct, as a future hub for dynamic student-focused spaces and amenities. A co-creation framework was established in early 2016, alongside a program of co-creation initiatives that have supported and informed the ongoing development of the Project.
The project will be staged over three years, and is expected to be completed by 2021–2022. A project timeline can be found here.