Brookfield Multiplex to construct new building for University of Melbourne

18 February 2013 (Last Updated February 18th, 2013 18:30)

The University of Melbourne (UOM) has awarded a contract worth $100m to Australia’s Brookfield Multiplex for the design and construction of a new building at Masson Road, Parkville in Victoria.

University of Melbourne  Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, University of Melbourne

The University of Melbourne (UOM) has awarded a contract worth $100m to Australia’s Brookfield Multiplex for the design and construction of a new building at Masson Road, Parkville in Victoria.

Proposed for the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning (FABP), the new building will have six floors and spread over 17,488m².

The building design contract, won by Melbourne’s John Wardle Architects in Boston’s NADAAA, comprises four important themes including built pedagogy, the academic environment, the design studio and the living building.

Under the contract, Brookfield Multiplex will work to create a Living Lab in the building which will enable students to learn about building and architecture on site while the FABP is being constructed.

Retaining the heritage listed façade, the building is expected to house a suspended studio to hang from the atrium, a Japanese room representing Japanese traditional construction and an underground library opening into the building.

Plans are underway to begin construction work in May 2013 and complete it by the end of 2014 to make the building available for the 2015 academic year.

Brookfield Multiplex Victoria regional managing director Graham Milford-Cottam said that the company will construct the building within a fully operable campus.

"We have a successful model established from our work at UNSW, RMIT and the Melbourne Brain Centre and will implement similar strategies on this site," said Milford-Cottam.

Various environmental features such as missed mode heating /cooling, double-glazing, glare reduction, rainwater collection, water recycling, low-energy light fittings, low-water sanitary fittings, natural light, natural ventilation, bike storage facilities and showers are also being explored for the project.

The new building, which targets a 5 Star Green Star design rating upon completion, is expected to reduce the institution’s carbon footprint and offer convenient working space for academics and students.


Image: The building will offer working space for academics and students and retain the heritage listed façade. Source: The University of Melbourne.