School of Population and Global Health Redevelopment 

Location

Carlton, Victoria

Year

2018 – 2019

Services

Principal Consultant
Architecture
Interior Design
Workplace Strategy and Design
Design team management

Overview

This project will see the transformation of an existing 5 storey building at 207 Bouverie Street, Carlton to enhance opportunities for both connection and independence for the co-occupants – the School of Geography and School of Population and Global Health.

The project was the culmination of 10 years work with the School of Population and Health, including the initial relocation and collocation of five separate academic and research groups to two floors of this same building. This recent stage was testament to the School’s success and the associated growth of these departments resulting in a need for additional space.

Exploring options

Appointed to develop and implement a masterplan for the site, we explored ways to both increase the efficiency of the existing building and add additional floor space. Key options identified were to:
Add an adjacent 5 story tower building
Demolish the existing building and construct a new multi story facility;
Convert the existing 3 levels of basement car parking to teaching spaces; and
Add additional floors.

Each option was developed and assessed against cost, growth and increase in efficiency, working closely with the University stakeholders to explore, discuss and identify the preferred option for design and implementation.

Optimising space

The approach adopted incorporates significant reconfiguration of the 5 existing levels plus the addition of 2 new floors, improving space usage efficiency and increasing occupation of the existing floors by approximately 20%, and providing an additional 3,000sqm of floor space.

Supporting future growth

The design effectively extends the life of the existing building and redefines working and learning spaces to support future growth in programs and students across both departments.