An urban landscaping project will temporarily transform a vacant site into a sports and recreational hub for RMIT's City campus.
RMIT A'Beckett Urban Square includes multi-use sporting courts, modern landscaping features as well as BBQ facilities, table tennis, WiFi and bike parking.
The $1.2 million pop -up project - which will be available for use by RMIT students and staff as well as the wider Melbourne community - will also feature specially commissioned artwork from renowned artist Ash Keating.
RMIT Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Margaret Gardner AO, said the project would triple sporting facilities on the City campus.
"RMIT A'Beckett Urban Square is part of the University's $700 million investment in capital works, which has rejuvenated the RMIT Quarter of the CBD ," she said.
"Rather than leaving this vacant space idle over the coming years, we're investing in much-needed sporting and recreational facilities for the benefit of the University community as well as residents and visitors to Melbourne.
"With space at a premium in the city, we hope this new urban landscaping 'pop -up' will be a welcoming and vibrant recreational destination."
The project is located on the vacant 2800 square metre site at the corner of A'Beckett and Stewart streets, behind the University's award-winning Swanston Academic Building (SAB).
The recreational and urban space will occupy the sitetemporarily, as this site is flagged for future development by RMIT.
The University's $700 million capital works program has included the construction of two iconic buildings at the City campus - the RMIT Design Hub and SAB.
The Design Hub and the SAB were both awarded National Awards for Public Architecture in 2013 by the Australian Institute of Architects.
The SAB was also recently named one of the 10 most spectacular university buildings in the world by Hamburg-based architectural data company Emporis.
Construction of RMIT A'Beckett Urban Square began in February and is scheduled for completion in June.
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