RMIT University has announced plans to transform the heart of its campus in central Melbourne.
The New Academic Street (NAS) project will refurbish four 1970s buildings along Swanston Street , creating interconnected learning spaces, outdoor terraces, laneways and light wells, as well as opening them tothe streetscape.
Swanston Library, which attracts about 9,600 students a day, will be completely refurbished to provide more than 40 per cent more quiet and collaborative study spaces, which will include light-filled areas looking onto Bowen Street .
Students arriving on campus will be able to converge on the new level 4 Student Hall and connect with services directly or via a single step referral to a specialist provider.
Professor Gill Palmer, Acting Vice-Chancellor and President, said RMIT Council had approved a call for expressions of interest from construction companies.
"This brings us a significant step closer to the transformation of buildings 8, 10, 12 and 14 - making City campus an even better place to study, collaborate and work," she said.
"RMIT's vision is that our campuses should be integrated with the cities we engage with, contributing to urban sustainability and culture. The NAS project will reinvent the centre of the City campus and improve support services for students and staff."
An outdoor, multi-storey garden building at the end of building 10 will transform Bowen Street , creating an urban oasis. A new retail precinct on level 4 of building 14 will provide a variety of shops, recreation facilities, food outlets and a licensed bar.
Professor Palmer said: "NAS is a bold step into an exciting and innovative future for RMIT , building on and maximising the past seven years of campus development.
"It provides a strong foundation for RMIT's next 50 years of growth."
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