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Woods Bagots development for a $75 million expansion at the Australian Catholic University (ACU) campus in Fitzroy, Melbourne has been approved.
The firms design for the nine-storey National Centre for Health and Wellbeing will feature a series of staggered volumes that step up towards the south, giving the building an asymmetric silhouette, topped by a jagged roof profile that echoes the industrial history of the area.
The facility will include a range of environmentally sustainable initiatives and aims to achieve a 6-Star Green Star energy rating. These initiatives include active mass cooling concrete slabs, rainwater harvesting, solar hot water heating panels and wind turbines as well as a roof top garden terrace.
Woods Bagot Director Mark Kelly said, As well as an energy efficient concept, we have designed an attractive social and working environment for staff and students.
At entry level, the facility will engage with the community by providing access links to the surrounding main streets. Workspaces for general teaching and high-level research staff will be located in the southern section of the Centre, encouraging collaboration. Academic offices will be placed in the northern component.
The development will include lecture theatres, state?of?the?art learning facilities, a gymnasium, bookshop, chapel, student centre and rooftop garden, accommodating 2,000 students and 500 members of staff.
The project is due to be completed in 2012.
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