Work begins on RMIT's New Academic Street Project

RMIT's New Academic Street © RMIT University
RMIT's New Academic Street © RMIT University

In the last week hoardings have gone up at the base of RMIT's Building 8 to signal the beginning of works on RMIT's New Academic Street (NAS) Project.

Work begins on RMIT's New Academic Street Project
Hoarding going up on site. Image courtesy of MvS Architects

The project sees MvS Architects teaming up with Lyons, NMBW, HAW and Peter Maddison to deliver a more permeable and active streetscape for the city campus. Landscape architects Taylor Cullity Leathlen round out the multi-disciplinary design team.

The NAS project is a complex ‘live’ environment refurbishment (approximately 25,500m2) and new build project (approximately 6,500m2) over 12 levels of five adjoining buildings on the City campus (Buildings 8, 10, 12, 14 and 28) which will reinvigorate and reinvent the heart of the RMIT City campus.

The project works will comprise of a sequence of phased major works delivering the principle campus improvement while being cognisant of maintaining access and minimising disruption to university operations.

The NAS project will improve services for students and library facilities, campus retail and way-finding, achieve activation of Swanston, Bowen and Franklin Streets and renew vertical transport and ageing infrastructure.

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'Getting Going' Phase: September 2014 - June 2015

The first phase of the NAS project is a series of works and upgrades to get the campus ready for the main construction phase.

Staff and student services on levels 3, 4 and 5 of building 8 - and 2, 3, 4 and parts of level 5 and 6 of buildings 10, 12 and 14 - will move to another part of RMIT so the NAS construction can start mid-2015. This will be achieved by upgrading facilities within the current RMIT property footprint.

In late 2014 until mid-2015, the project will be moving, refurbishing and putting in place preparations for the building works to start.

The entire program of work has been planned to ensure minimal disruption to staff and students, but there will be some impacts.

New and temporary facilities will be built and some staff and students will be moving to make way for the building works to start. For small numbers, it may be a permanent move.

This is the preparation phase before the NAS construction program starts, which is mid-2015.

Looking ahead to 2015

Work begins on RMIT's New Academic Street Project
Something approaching the final outcome. Image courtesy RMIT

The building 8 cafeteria will close early in 2015 and will be replaced by a pop-up food area on the City campus. The Swanston Library will close during the 2015 mid-year semester break and re-open at 50 per cent capacity in July 2015.

For more info visit RMIT's project page: http://www.rmit.edu.au/capitalworks/nas

A comprehensive album of renders and montages can be found on the dedicated NAS flickr page.

Laurence Dragomir

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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