Stage 1 Building Works completing in April 2016

Charles Sturt University Port Macquarie

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Details

Client
Charles Sturt University
Location
Major Innes Road, Port Macquarie, New South Wales, Australia
Completion
August 2013 - March 2016
Value
$42,000,000.00
Services
Masterplanning and Full Architectural Services for first stage works
Size

6,700m² Site - Stage 1

Description

The BVN designed Master Plan proposes a new, unified campus for Charles Sturt University in Port Macquarie. It identifies development sites for staged implementation and develops a landscape and site-wide servicing strategy that will take the campus forward for the next 15 years.

In 2013 BVN, building on a strong working relationship with Charles Sturt University, was commissioned to develop the master plan and development guideline for the University’s new campus at Wollongong, as well as the design of the Phase One buildings.

The Master Plan acknowledges and builds upon the unique qualities of the site as being a regional campus in a quintessential Australian bush landscape. It focuses on developing an internal meandering spine through the site to link proposed developments across the site, driving integration and enhanced experience.

The Master Plan proposes:

Creating 3 significant courtyards formed by 3-4 storey teaching, learning and research buildings. These academic courtyards are series of vital landscape areas and outdoor rooms that support the university community, and strengthen the native bushland through the extension of the eastern wetland landscape into the body of the campus.

The development of a connecting spine that provides a meandering link through the site, via the courtyards, pedestrian paths and cycle paths that will support a pedestrian and cycle focussed campus.

Identification of a ‘heart’ for the campus, the learning commons court, which will be the main focus for the social and recreational heart of the campus, and will open to the native bushland.

The ability for the development to be staged over 4 key phases.

A building typology that enables flexibility and variety in teaching, academic, research and social space and will support cross ventilation and daylight access.

A palette of materials that will enable a unification of the campus buildings that is appropriate to climate and place.

BVN is currently completing the Stage One buildings which includes a 24 hour Learning Commons, teaching and learning spaces, staff office accommodation, Indigenous Student Centre, a specialist research centre for the Food, Soil and Water Research Centre, outdoor environments for socialising and learning, and carparking for staff and students.

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Location

Major Innes Road, Port Macquarie, New South Wales, Australia

Brief Elements

  • Learning Commons
  • Teaching and Learning Spaces
  • Staff Office Accommodation
  • Research Centre
  • Indigenous Student Centre
  • Landscape Spine and Outdoor Spaces
  • Masterplan

Summary

  • Builds upon the unique qualities of the site as being a regional campus in a quintessential Australian bush landscape.
  • Embodies high levels of sustainability.
  • Creation of a ‘heart’ for the campus, the learning commons court, which will be the main focus for social and recreational activities.

Consultants

APP Corporation
Project Manager
Watpac Australia
Builder
Taylor Thomson Whitting
Structural & Civil Engineers
JBA Urban Planning Consultants Pty Ltd
Planner
ARUP
Mechanical / Electrical / ESD / Hydraulic / Fire Protection / Security / Communications / Lift Engineers
Wilde & Woollard
Quantity Surveyor
JPW
Landscape Architects
AED Group
Disability Consultant, PCA, BCA Consultant
SLR Consulting Australia Pty Ltd
Ecology
Kim Humphries
Specification
TEF Consulting
Traffic Engineers
WSP Group
Acoustics Engineers