University of Tasmania Northern Expansion Master Plan

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The new campus at Inveresk

The University of Tasmania is building a new campus at the Inveresk Precinct. The campus will become central to the life of the CBD – a vibrant place where the community, business and industry, and the University can connect and collaborate.

Features include:

  • Easy pedestrian, bike and public transport access, high visibility and integration with community and industry
  • A new pedestrian and cycle bridge will increase accessibility
  • Student hubs and innovation spaces, purpose-built for effective teaching and learning
  • State-of-art research facilities, including a new Institute for Applied Science and Design
  • Clusters of small, townhouse style student accommodation on both sides of the river

The newly designed facilities will complement the existing School of Architecture and Design, the School of Creative Arts and Media and the 120-bed student accommodation development already at the site. The Australian Maritime College will remain at Newnham.

From an original $260 million, the Northern Transformation Project in Launceston is now worth $344 million. The Northern Transformation is attracting additional funding for University developments in Launceston with another $84 million identified for further infrastructure.

Student accommodation on the campus and in the city will be funded in partnership with the private sector with an estimated investment of $54 million. The Federal Government has also committed $30 million for a Maritime and Defence Innovation and Design Precinct at Newnham.

For a full list of Frequently Asked Questions on the project, click here.

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Construction stage

Key dates:

  • By the end of 2020, there will be a new bridge across the North Esk and the first building at Inveresk will be well into construction. Development applications will have been submitted for the next two stages.
  • The Library and Student Services building tender was released Tuesday 14 January 2020
  • Piling work for the first building began in late January
  • Construction on the bridge will commence in late February 2020 with the bridge to be completed by the end of the year
  • The contract for the first building will be awarded and construction will commence in the middle of 2020
  • Construction of the first building is expected to be completed by the end of 2021
  • The development application for the Learning and Teaching Building will be submitted by the middle of 2020. Construction of this building is expected to commence by the middle of 2021 and be completed in early 2023.
  • The development application for the Willis Street Building will be submitted by the end of 2020. Construction of this building is expected to commence in early 2022 and be completed in early 2024.
  • Notice of early works commencing at Inveresk – January 2020
  • The University of Tasmania is planning to commence early works to prepare the foundations for the new Library and Student Services building at Inveresk on 22 January 2020. This will involve driving piles and construction of pile caps on the site, between Creative Arts and Media (known as the Stone building) and the Annexe Theatre. 

Residents and businesses located near this area will experience noise associated with piling works and other construction activities. Light and heavy construction vehicles and machinery will access the work area off Invermay Rd via the site access road which runs between Big Picture School and UTAS Stadium.

For the very latest updates on construction, go to the Northern Transformation page here

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Design

Stage 1:

Library and Student Experience building and the pedestrian bridge. The Library and Student Experience building will be in the heart of the Inveresk Precinct, located between The Annexe and the School of Creative Arts.

This stage will provide resources and support for existing and future students during the transition to Inveresk. Engineered timber will be used for the structure. The sawtooth roof lines and industrial materials blend into the Inveresk environment.

Designed by John Wardle Architects to be open and welcoming for students, staff and the community, it includes:

  • A library
  • Student services
  • Bookshop
  • Café

A new pedestrian and cycle bridge will cross the river to Boland Street, linking the campus to the city. In Stage 1, there will be exits onto the existing pathway. At Stage 3, the bridge will be extended across the road and through to Willis Street. Construction of the bridge has been awarded to principal contractor BridgePro as a design and construct project, starting work onsite in March 2020. The bridge which will span between Inveresk (behind the existing student accommodation) across to Boland Street will be completed by the end of 2020. The bridge is crucial to linking the Inveresk Precinct with the heart of the city, providing safe accessible access for pedestrians and cyclists.

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Pedestrian and Cycle Bridge

A pedestrian and cycle bridge linking Inveresk to the Willis Street site is included in the first stage of development. This will allow safe pedestrian and cycling links to the Inveresk redevelopment, through to the Willis Street site across Boland Street and through to the CBD.

The first stage of the bridge will span from bank to bank, with ramp exits to ensure ease of access onto the existing pathways on either side of the river. Once the University’s building on Willis Street is constructed the bridge will then be extended over Boland Street and continue onto a pathway through to Cimitiere Street.

Construction of the bridge will begin soon and is expected to be completed by the end of the year. Once completed, the bridge will become a City of Launceston asset.

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