"the new Union Court would be a vibrant, well-populated, active space"
Chris Grange, ANU Chief Operating Officer

Details

Client
The Australian National Univesity
Location
The Australian National University, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
Completion
December 2018
Services
Full Architectural Services
Size

44,000 m2 GFA

Description

The Union Court precinct is the heart of the The Australian National University (ANU) campus.

Some days it is a vibrant and crowded centre of university life, at other times it is a vast and empty space. Largely unchanged since the 1970s, the amenity that Union Court once offered to staff and students has eroded over time. The University is developing plans to revitalise the area between Childers Street and Sullivans Creek to create a new heart for the ANU community featuring learning, teaching, social and community facilities.

This comprehensive revitalisation is fundamental to delivering a rich cultural, social and recreational experience to complement our leading research and teaching environment. It is a critical part of the University’s long-term strategic development.

In September 2016, the University Council appointed BVN as Architect for the entire precinct.  The initial stage of the project will see a total of six new buildings, including:

  • Contemporary teaching and learning spaces,
  • A one-stop student services hub
  • A new health and wellbeing centre,
  • Integrated gym and swimming pool,
  • New events and exhibition spaces,
  • Student residential accommodation,
  • Centralised underground car parking to service the precinct,
  • A new ground plan for Union Court including an amphitheatre,
  • Shops, services, cafes and bars to support campus needs and lifestyle.

 

Location

The Australian National University, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia

Brief Elements

  • A new ground plan for Union Court including an amphitheatre
  • A new health and wellbeing centre
  • A one-stop student services hub
  • Centralised underground car parking to service the precinct
  • Contemporary teaching and learning spaces
  • Integrated gym and swimming pool
  • New events and exhibition spaces
  • Shops, services, cafes and bars to support campus needs and lifestyle
  • Student residential accommodation