The Old Melbourne Gaol Gatehouse is now home to staff from RMIT’s Students Group.
Over the past 150 years the building has gone through a number of transformations: from the Governor’s residence to art studios, to accommodating offices and staff.
It was officially opened recently, by Minister for Training and Skills, Steve Herbert, and RMIT University Vice-Chancellor and President, Martin Bean CBE.
“It’s been my first year as Vice-Chancellor here at RMIT, and the thing that has made it so exciting and memorable for me has been the enthusiasm that our students and staff bring to the University’s campuses,” Martin said.
“This is doubly true for the Students Group – a group of staff whose work is dedicated to and involves RMIT students at every step.
“So it was terrific to see the Students Group move in to this Building and consolidate operations in one place.”
Peter Elliott Architecture and Urban Design drove the project after previously working on RMIT’s Buildings 1 and 9, the University Lawn and A’Beckett Urban Square.
The refurbishment has maintained the heritage value of the beautiful bluestone building, built in 1860, while making it a great modern working environment.
The five-star sustainable complex now comprises of three wings, including a central chapel building, and an east and west wing consisting of three levels.
The internal layout has been reconfigured to add more space, install an internal lift for better access, new toilets, and four meeting rooms. The works took seven months.
Students Group staff moved to Building 11 in September from nine different locations across City campus, co-locating them in the same building for the first time in over a decade.
Story: Cameron Williams