Australian Catholic University (ACU) is planning to develop the Melbourne Campus (St Patricks) in Fitzroy. The purpose of the development is to:
accommodate student and staff growth over the next 10 years
consolidate teaching spaces to improve the learning environment for students and access for staff.
The Development Plan
ACU has received Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) approval for construction of a new building at the Melbourne Campus.
Development of the new building will see the current ground level carpark at the corner of Napier Street and Victoria Parade transformed into a 12-storey and 20,000sqm teaching, learning and research space.
The development plan includes staged renovation and construction over the next 10 years. This includes two principal works:
Transforming the current flat carpark at the corner of Napier Street and Victoria Parade to provide a 12-storey and 20,000sqm teaching, learning and research space with underground parking for a maximum of 270 vehicles and increased spaces for student collaboration and recreation.
Replacing the existincg Young Street carpark with open space and a new, triangular three-storey building.
The proposal will contribute to a pedestrian-focused campus hub, more open spaces, upgraded student amenities including green space, recreation facilities, and allow ACU to consolidate off-site teaching spaces to accommodate student, staff and research growth.
Subject to further approvals from Yarra City Council and the Heritage Council, construction is anticipated to commence mid-2018. Completion of the building is expected by March 2021.
ACU’s proposal has evolved substantially in response to community and stakeholder feedback. In particular, we have reduced building height and increased setbacks to the street, resulting in proposed buildings with a reduced visual mass. Visual explanations of these changes can be found in the Massing comparison set (PDF, 4.4MB).