Contractor Appointed For $200m Rmit Building

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Contractor appointed for $200m RMIT building 


RMIT University has appointed Brookfield Multiplex as the contractor for its

landmark Swanston Academic Building, a pioneering $200-plus million

development set to reinvigorate the northern end of Melbourne’s CBD.


The 11-storey building, which will wrap around the historic Oxford Scholar hotel,

will include leading-edge teaching and learning spaces, first-class environmental

design and a stunning façade featuring hundreds of angular shaped sun shades.


RMIT Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Margaret Gardner AO, said the

appointment of Brookfield Multiplex to the project was another great step forward in

the transformation of the RMIT Quarter.


“We are delighted to have Brookfield Multiplex on board, and bringing to the project

their experience in constructing some of the country’s most striking and significant

developments,” Professor Gardner said.


“As the centrepiece of our $600 million investment in the RMIT Quarter of the CBD,

the Swanston Academic Building sets the standard for innovative design that

supports teaching and learning through new collaborative pedagogies.


“Together with the nearby Design Hub, currently under construction at the former

CUB site, this building is set to continue RMIT’s renewal of the top end of

Swanston Street through exciting architecture that fires the imagination of students

and the wider public alike.”


Designed by Lyons, the 35,000 square metre building is the University’s biggest

investment in an academic building and will also be the new home for RMIT’s

College of Business. 


The project is expected to create 800 construction jobs.


Key features include a stunning two-storey cantilevered student social space

overhanging Swanston Street, a further nine double-height student portals for

informal study and collaboration, more than 80 diverse teaching spaces and a

minimum 5-star environmental design under the Green Star Education Rating

Scheme.


Dean Lockhart, Managing Director Brookfield Multiplex Construction, Victoria, said:

“Brookfield Multiplex is collaborating with RMIT on this project, which presents an

exciting opportunity in bringing to life a leading educational facility that will enrich

our community.   


“We have an outstanding reputation in the construction of award-winning

sustainable buildings, having recently completed the world’s first 6-Star Green

Star, Melbourne Convention Centre.


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“As a global construction business with operations in Australia, the Middle East and

the UK we draw upon our experience in the delivery of iconic buildings and apply

innovative solutions to achieve world’s best practice in construction.


“On many levels, there is a personal attraction to contributing to a project like this;

many of our staff completed their tertiary studies at RMIT and so are eager for the

opportunity to give something back to the University.”


Media note: High-resolution images and a broadcast-quality animated fly-

through are available.


For media queries:

RMIT University Communications, David Glanz, (03) 9925 2807 or 0438 547

723.


Brookfield Multiplex, General Manager, Communications, Danae Martin, (02)

9322 2729 or 0404 005 782.








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