Australian architecture company Gray Puksand has secured a contract to design a facility for the Victoria Government at the Chisholm Technical and Further Education (TAFE) institute in Melbourne.
The facility is being built as part of a redevelopment of TAFE’s Frankston campus.
Within the remit of the A$67.6m ($48.3m) project, Gray Puksand will design a multi-level facility to replace two of the oldest buildings on the Frankston campus.
The new structure will be integrated with the Frankston Learning and Innovation Precinct, which was funded by the state government and completed in 2019.
Works for the facility are expected to begin next year and are scheduled for completion in 2023.
During the construction phase, the project will create more than 130 jobs.
Upon completion, the facility will be used to offer courses in community services, technology, cybersecurity, art and design and sport and recreation among other subjects.
It will also house foundation college courses and include a public gallery and spaces for food and retail.
Chisholm Institute director and CEO Stephen Varty said: “More students want to study at Chisholm than ever before, which is why we’re working to enhance the on-campus community and learning facilities.”
Since 2014, the state government has invested A$3.2bn ($2.2bn) to rebuild TAFE and support universities and higher education to provide high-quality education for Victoria.
The Victorian Budget for this year also includes a A$383.8m ($274m) investment in this sector to ensure that more Victorians get the training they need for in-demand jobs.
Training and Skills Minister Gayle Tierney said: “This project is one of the great outcomes of our record investment in the TAFE system, which is supporting jobseekers, employers and the Victorian economy as we emerge from the coronavirus pandemic.”