Innovative $225 million learning space for Monash University

by Tiffany Paczek
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Leading global contractor Multiplex has completed the new $225 million Learning and Teaching Building at Monash University, delivering a new world-class education space to the Clayton campus.

The project includes a new regional transport interchange and a state-of-the-art four-level building with innovative learning spaces, providing a new front door experience for all visitors.

Designed by architects John Wardle Architects, the Learning and Teaching Building provides a total of 29,227 square metres of formal and informal learning space as well as contemporary staff workspace. It aims to facilitate learning across all disciplines and will also be home to the Faculty of Education and the Office of Learning and Teaching.

“We are delighted to continue our collaboration with Monash University with the delivery of the Learning and Teaching Building, which will provide students with truly progressive and contemporary learning spaces,” says Graham Cottam, the regional managing director Victoria at Multiplex.

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The Learning and Teaching Building boasts an innovative design element in ‘The Kiln’ – a revolutionary learning space that features a series of large brick-clad areas suspended above ground level so students can occupy them underneath, imitating an amplified conversation pit.

With tens of thousands of people flocking to the university daily, the new multi-modal, integrated transport interchange will increase capacity for buses and allow for greater ease commuting to and from the campus. Awning structures provide patrons with shelter while complimenting the varying context of the Learning and Teaching Building façade screens and landscape features.

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Construction of the project took place within a live campus environment, and so extensive scheduling was undertaken by Multiplex to ensure safe and timely delivery of the project. Despite these complexities, construction was completed ahead of schedule with the building ready to be utilised by students for the 2018 academic year.

Last year Multiplex completed Monash University’s $145 million student accommodation precinct, which comprises four new residential buildings and provides a combined total of more than 1000 studio apartments, with associated retail and student informal learning spaces.

The contractor has also been responsible for delivering some of the most high-profile and technically advanced education facilities in Victoria including the $200 million Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), Swanston Academic Building in Melbourne’s CBD and the $100 million Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning Building (FABP) in Parkville.

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Images courtesy of Multiplex.

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