Architectus and Six Degrees appointed for $60 million redevelopment of Bendigo TAFE City Campus
Victorian Minister for Training and Skills, Gayle Tierney has announced the funding for a $60 million redevelopment of the Bendigo TAFE City Campus, with Architectus in collaboration with Six Degrees appointed to lead the redesign.
The funding is a major boost for Bendigo locals and the more than 400 students enrolled in Free TAFE courses in Bendigo, Castlemaine and Echuca.
Minister Tierney was joined by Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards at the Bendigo TAFE and Kangan Institute, where more than 1000 students have enrolled across its Victorian campuses – a jump of 12 per cent compared to the same time last year.
Minister Tierney also announced more than $2.3 million through the Regional and Specialists Training Fund for Bendigo TAFE to deliver courses in welding, plumbing, horticulture and disability to meet the needs of the local community and industry.
The Andrews Government expects more enrolments at TAFEs across Victoria, as a result of the $172 million Free TAFE program that is making 30 priority TAFE courses and 20 pre-apprenticeship courses tuition fee free from this year.
Students can save up to $2,500 for some pre-apprenticeship courses and up to $5,000 for Certificate IV courses. For high cost courses such as a Diploma in Nursing or a Diploma in Building and Construction, students will save more than $10,000 through the Free TAFE initiative.
For Architectus, the news follows the recent appointment of new Principal, Alan J. Duffy. Alan who has joined the practice from Woods Bagot, where he developed substantial expertise working on notable Australian University projects including, the Western Sydney University Liverpool City Campus, the University of Sydney Business School and Macquarie University Student Experience (MUSE) project.
Duffy’s appointment follows 12-months of continued growth at Architectus with recent significant project wins including the Western Sydney Airport Business Park Master Plan and Melbourne Airport Rail Link.
What they say...
"Creating an invigorating education environment where students and staff can foster strong learning partnerships is the aim of the Architectus’ led revitalisation project for the City Campus of Bendigo TAFE.
Home to a multitude of student cohorts including Foundations Studies, Creative Industries, Business, Commerce and IT, a key aspect of the brief was to develop an integrated campus that meets all of the needs of these cohorts, including specific learning, access and spatial necessities.
With the refurbishment of three existing buildings - two of which being heritage listed - and the development of two new buildings, Architectus and architects in association Six Degrees, aim to deliver a collaborative environment that inspires new ways of learning and creating, while embracing the site’s historical context. The nature of the differing cohorts learning in an integrated campus encourages the students to find and develop their own individuality, promoting a feeling of support and belonging.
Woven into the historic fabric of Bendigo, the new City Campus will celebrate Bendigo TAFE’s heritage and legacy in contributing to the region, showcasing Bendigo TAFE as an industry focused, forward looking and inspiring place to learn and develop future skills."
- Ruth Wilson, Architectus Director
“We’re investing in first class training infrastructure for Bendigo TAFE while also taking the financial pressure off students to enrol.
Free TAFE will help Victorians get real jobs across a range of industries that are crying out for more skilled workers.”
- Gayle Tierney, Minister for Training and Skills and Higher Education
“Our record funding for TAFE courses and upgrades is helping Bendigo locals get the skills they need to take up the jobs that are most available.”
- Maree Edwards, Member for Bendigo West
“Free TAFE is now filling Bendigo campus as students begin courses that lead directly to jobs all over the state.”
- Jacinta Allan Member for Bendigo East
“Bendigo TAFE is delighted to offer free priority courses to support Victorians with getting the training they need for a great career while contributing to our state’s economy.”
- Trevor Schwenke, CEO of Bendigo TAFE