The University of Melbourne, New Student Precinct

Slattery was initially appointed to assist the University and the appointed architect to provide cost input into the business case for the Student Precinct on the University’s Parkville campus. We have since been appointed to provide full cost management services during the project delivery. The project comprises the refurbishment of five existing buildings including the University’s Indigenous Development Unit, Murrup Barak. It will also provide whole of campus amenity in the form of a new Arts and Culture Building, a Pavilion and extensive public realm landscaping.

The project requires considerations for heritage implications, access and safety considerations, suitable staging and the future construction of the Melbourne Metro tunnel and station nearby.

The project will be a state-of-the-art precinct and has been developed using extensive co-creation and engagement with the student community including Indigenous cohorts. It will also adopt exemplar sustainable targets in line with the University’s sustainability objectives. The University, particularly the Parkville campus, is undergoing a remarkable transformation over the next 5-10 years. Our current involvement on the New Student Precinct has taught us the importance of engaging with other projects to understand their programme, decanting requirements and potential impacts on other projects.