6,700m² Site - Stage 1
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.
- Learning Commons
- Teaching and Learning Spaces
- Staff Office Accommodation
- Research Centre
- Indigenous Student Centre
- Landscape Spine and Outdoor Spaces
- 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.