Watpac wins first contract for Deakin University

Watpac wins first contract for Deakin University
Laurence DragomirJune 21, 2018

Earlier this week Watpac announced that it was successful in winning a $110 million contract to design and build the new Deakin Law School building at the Burwood Campus.

The nine level building, designed by Woods Bagot will comprise 20,000 sqm of teaching and learning spaces, student support and wellbeing spaces, staff workspaces and basement car parking.

The Law School building will provide a hub for meeting, learning, networking, student wellbeing and student services that caters to the needs of next generation learners beyond the classroom. This holistic approach is intended to create a vibrant and engaging interactive campus for students.

Additionally, other innovative features have been incorporated into the design with spaces that facilitate and encourage interactive modern learning and enhance the overall student experience.

Principles of environmentally sustainable design have also been embedded within the design including;

  •  Rooftop solar panels
  • High efficiency HVAC and lifts
  • Rainwater harvesting
  • Glare control systems 
  • Connection to end-of-trip facilities.

According to Watpac, the company is looking forward to delivering its first project for Deakin University, while this continues Woods Bagot's relationship with the University at its Burwood Campus. The firm has previously designed the Burwood Highway Frontage Building which accommodates the Faculty of Health, and Deakin University Building I which connects two existing theatres and provides internal and external gathering spaces for students.

Watpac wins first contract for Deakin University
Deakin's new Law School Building designed by Woods Bagot. Image: Supplied

The contract builds on Watpac's national pipeline of projects which includes specialised university buildings including Port Macquarie’s Charles Sturt University Campus and the University of New South Wales Joint Health Education Facility.

Watpac anticipates site works to commence on the Law School building by the end of the month, and says its project team is well-placed to deliver a leading education facility for Deakin University.

What they say

Watpac understands the specific requirements of creating modern learning environments that embrace the changing way students engage with learning and we are excited to work with our new client in delivering this innovative building.

The Group has the desirable combination of education sector and sustainability experience having delivered almost $1 billion of education infrastructure since 2016 underpinned by our commitment to environmentally sustainable design and building practices.

- Martin Monro, Watpac Limited Managing Director


Thanks to our integrated approach to design and construction, and our diverse experience in the education sector, this state-of-the-art facility will provide Deakin with an exceptional learning space for years to come.

We anticipate peak workforce numbers to reach 230 people and estimate the project will be completed by mid-2020.

- Nick Pavlovic, Watpac Construction Victoria State Manager  

Laurence Dragomir

Laurence Dragomir is one of the co-founders of Urban Melbourne. Laurence has developed a wealth of knowledge and experience working in both the private and public sector specialising in architecture, urban design and planning. He also has a keen interest in the built environment, cities and Star Wars.

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