A new campus at Inveresk
The Northern Transformation is a $300 million project that includes new campuses at West Park in Burnie and Inveresk in Launceston in a partnership between the University and local, state and Australian governments. New buildings have been designed by John Wardle Architects utilising local labour and materials including Tasmanian timber.
The University is building a new campus at Inveresk in the heart of Launceston. The campus will become central to the life of the city – a vibrant place where the community, business and industry, and the University can connect and collaborate.
Inveresk is part of a shared community precinct, 10mins walk to the city. It’s accessible and inclusive with a vibrant student village atmosphere. Our new developments consider the industrial heritage of the site, connect to the river and city and are open and welcoming for students, staff and the wider community.
An Urban Design Framework (PDF 2.7 MB) was developed in collaboration with the community to define the future vision for the campus within Inveresk Precinct.
Students and staff will transition from Newnham to Inveresk in stages between 2022 – 2024, with the Australian Maritime College and research facilities for Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture remaining at Newnham. Follow construction progress via our live onsite cameras.
Opened in February 2022, the new Library includes:
- Group and quiet study spaces
- Computers, collections and resources
- Meeting spaces and classroom
- Art and cultural objects including the Riawunna collection
- Café (Cabin Coffee, coming soon), student kitchenette and parenting room
Students can now request to pick up Library items from either our Inveresk or Newnham locations.
UConnect support services are available at Inveresk Library, including help with course enquiries, enrolment, and student advisers.
Community visitors can sign up as library members and borrow from the print collection, with the Library providing opportunities to host artist and academic talks, student-led events and workshops.
Sustainability is a key feature of the design, with recycled gas pipelines used for the building’s foundations, structural use of Tasmanian timber, low carbon concrete and solar initiatives to maximise energy efficiency.
Library services will remain available across Newnham and Inveresk locations to support students during the University’s transition.
Due for completion in 2022, a series of interconnected outdoor spaces will provide over 15,000 sq/m of flexible space for learning, events and gatherings for the community and the University.
Designed by landscape architects Realm Studios in collaboration with current and future user groups.
- pulingina milaythina Welcoming Space (now open): A cultural meeting place with fire pit, performance space, separate men’s and women’s business spaces and Indigenous plantings
- Food and Community Garden: A series of edible plots will support a significant output of food production, including a composter and green house. It will enable collaborative learning experiences for all ages, available for community events and festivals
- Esk Activity Space: A large recreation space close to the city for educational programs and informal activities open to the community. It features two playing surface courts, table tennis, bouldering wall and recycled timber bleacher seating with a central stage platform.
- Green Spine: A central walkway linking the precinct to the city via the pedestrian and cycle bridge. The green spine will include Aboriginal Guardian Stones, native plantings, locally sourced and repurposed materials, and LED lighting for safety
- University Square: A multi-use space for meeting and socialising, teaching and events, with feature lighting and steel awnings channelling water reuse which double as a canopy to support a series of shade covers
In 2023, students and staff from Humanities, Social Sciences, Law and Education will move to the River’s Edge building.
Built over four storeys with views over the North Esk river.
It features flexible, collaborative teaching and research spaces which are digitally connected, with a central atrium as a flexible gathering space for community events.
The building will Also include:
- Counselling, Safe and Fair Community Unit
- Accessibility and learning support
- Riawunna Centre for Aboriginal Education including garden
- Hub for students studying Higher Degrees by Research
- Research Division and Academic Division
- Vice-Chancellor, Provost, Pro Vice-Chancellor
- Classrooms and computer laboratories
- Recording studio
- Parenting room
The existing E.G Stone building will be redeveloped into a new headquarters for over 300 professional staff to move in 2023 (stage one).
For occupation in 2025, stage two spaces include:
- Business and Economics and University College students and staff
- Business incubator
- ICT computer labs, experimental economics and electronics labs
- Human Interface Technology Lab
- Food Innovation and Nutrition Lab
- Academy Gallery
- English Language Centre
- Peter Underwood Centre
- Alumni and Advancement, Corporate Affairs
- Tasmanian University Student Association
- Career development and employment hub
- Student Access Study Centre
- Parenting room
- Café / food and beverage point
Workshop and Levee Studio
The existing A&D building at Inveresk will be transformed into a new creative hub with purpose-built studios for architecture and design, creative arts and media and information communication technology. Students and staff will move in 2023, with spaces including:
- Workshop spaces for ceramics, drawing, painting, screen printing and printmaking, photography and time-based media
- Student-led gallery space
- Black room exhibition space
- Artist-in-Residence studio space
- PC and Mac computer labs
- Dedicated space for student-occupied studios
- Object-making spaces and router room
- Flexible ground floor studio space
- Rory Spence lecture theatre to be retained
- Expanded end-of-trip facilities with secure bicycle storage and showers
- Dedicated LGBTQI+ space
The Shed (Willis Street building)
In 2024, the remainder of staff and students will occupy our largest and most complex building on Willis Street, with it’s main entrance off Cimitiere Street, opposite City Park. The building is connected to the Inveresk Precinct via our new North Esk pedestrian bridge (to be extended over Boland Street).
The building is designed in two wings: one which focuses on students and staff, the other on laboratories and research. They are connected by a bright, large atrium as a central meeting place, for small to large gatherings. Spaces will enable community health education programs for children and older adults, professional development workshops, sports science testing and wellbeing initiatives.
The Shed includes:
- Health Sciences, Nursing, Nutrition, Allied Health, Biomedical Sciences, Centre for Rural Health
- Nursing simulation labs
- Allied Health clinics for Physiotherapy, Speech Pathology, Occupational Therapy and Dietetics
- Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture, natural sciences, geography
- Health & Physical Education (practical teaching)
- Centre for Food Innovation
- Wicking Centre
- Higher Degrees by Research (HDR) Hub
- Showers and bike storage
- Parenting room
- Fully accessible changing place facilities available for public use
- Nutrition bar style takeaway café
- Recording studio
Inveresk Precinct Plan
The University of Tasmania is transitioning the main Launceston campus to Inveresk between 2022-2024 as part of a vibrant, city-connected precinct which includes cultural, educational and sporting activities to enjoy.
- Walkable and well connected to other green spaces, and the city
- Tasmanian Aboriginal presence embedded
- Accessible and inclusive
- Consideration of old and new, inhabiting an industrial landscape
- Vibrant student village atmosphere to work, study, play or live
- Welcoming for the community, business and industry
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Frequently asked questions
The University already has a significant presence at Inveresk, including the School of Creative Arts, the School of Architecture and Design and the 120-bed student accommodation. The move of the rest of the campus will create a university city, with easy pedestrian, bike and public transport access, high visibility and integration with community and industry.
This development provides a historic opportunity to design a modern fit-for-purpose campus, lift educational attainment and revitalise the region. We are building a contemporary, vibrant campus that is distinctive to Northern Tasmania and provides a unique experience to future students, staff and the community. CBD-located campuses mean that all members of the community – not just students – can benefit from the facilities.
The Newnham campus is poorly designed for contemporary learning, teaching and research, underutilised, with run-down infrastructure and facilities. Refurbishing Newnham would be more expensive than developing a new campus. Inveresk provides the ability to create learning spaces which support face-to-face learning, digital connectivity and a village atmosphere which encourages informal learning and collaboration.
New courses will be supported by purpose-built facilities at Inveresk, including:
- New Allied Health Masters courses (Physiotherapy, Speech Pathology, Occupational Therapy)
- Bachelor of Agricultural Science
- Master of Professional Engineering (Timber Design)
- Diploma of Paralegal Studies
- First year Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery (4th and 5th year already in North)
Master of Clinical Psychology / Master of Professional Psychology
The new Northern car park at Inveresk is now operational with 752 spaces available. Entry is via Forster Street with a 5min walk 450m to the heart of Inveresk Precinct. Casual payment is available for students, staff and the community for $1 an hour up to a maximum of $4 per day. Alternatively, staff can use their salary sacrificed University of Tasmania parking permit. Accessible parking is available in the Inveresk circle car park with entry via Invermay Road.
Active transport options are encouraged to Inveresk including public transport, walking, cycling or scooter to campus with end-of-trip (shower and change room) facilities being developed.
To support the transition between campuses, students and staff can enjoy free Metro bus service between the Inveresk and Newnham campuses. Stops are located on Maritime Way at Newnham and Invermay Road at Inveresk with Metro Route 110 buses available every half hour during the week, and every two hours on a Saturday. All buses on this route are accessible with low floor plates. A current University ID card must be shown to access the free ride.
It is important to design and build - and crucially to innovate - in places just like Inveresk. The challenges of the site are common on a global scale, and the University is confident in the ability of contemporary engineering to address these challenges.
The benefits of Inveresk as a location for educational opportunities extend to the entire community, creating a hive of activity, connections to the city and a destination of choice for locals and visitors to the region.
Flood resilient design and materials will be incorporated on the lower levels of the buildings and flood mitigation, prevention and response will be considered throughout design, construction and occupancy for every part of the new campus.
The ground floors will be elevated 500mm above the existing relative level (RL), considering projected 2090 flood modelling (released by City of Launceston in 2019). The ground floors will be designed to be easily decantable in the event of an evacuation being required.
The University of Tasmania Inveresk/Invermay Planning Report (Flooding) is an independent report which outlines how new development and intensification of existing buildings at Inveresk within the area potentially exposed to flooding can be risk managed in accordance with contemporary flood risk management principles.
The intent of the report is not to justify the University’s relocation but to identify, document and control the associated risks to levels considered acceptable to the community and reflect national best practice.
Key points in the report include:
- Categorisation of flood risk: The prime criterion is the safety of people. The ext criterion is, as far as practicable and reasonable to do so, to ensure the structure and materials are flood resistant.
- Likelihood of flooding: Updated flood frequency analysis identified in the 2018 BMT Flood Risk Summary is prudent for consideration during campus design.
- In he event of flooding: Heavy rain forecasts are now possible several days in advance, generating enough information for the Bureau of Meteorology to issue warnings as required. Evacuation is the responsibility of the Tasmanian Police, with action and advice from State Emergency Services and City of Launceston through their well-equipped Municipal Emergency Management Plan (MEMP) and knowledge of the levee system& and procedures, the most recognised flood control measure in Launceston.
The University is developing a flood emergency management plan which is consistent with City of Launceston’s processes. This plan details risk to life in the event of flooding, forecasts and warnings, pre-flood actions, evacuation and reoccupation timelines and procedures.
The following report was submitted to City of Launceston in June 2019, as part of the development application for Stage 1:
The three new buildings which are being brought to life at Inveresk place a strong emphasis on sustainability principles, collectively delivering over a 30% reduction in embodied carbon. Around 6.5 km of surplus gas pipelines have been repurposed into more than 366, 18-metre length piles for the building foundations, while low carbon concrete, water-efficient fittings, a high-performance insulating façade system, and maximised daylight coupled with sensor-driven lighting to reduce energy consumption have been included. Tasmanian timber is also used extensively throughout both the structure and internal finishes, lowering the carbon footprint of each build because of low emissions associated with its production and sequestering of carbon. Our circular economy focus is also on display with smart bins incorporated into each new building at key entry spaces to gather and sort waste, food organics, and recyclables with interactive monitoring and display for users to help reduce contamination. The building designs also focussed on ‘deconstructability’ for the re-use of materials in the future when buildings are decommissioned, such as carpets throughout being recycled and recyclable.
A series of outdoor spaces – known as the Urban Realm – will help green the Inveresk Precinct with many new native tree plantings. It will include a community food garden encouraging visitors to engage directly with the cycles of growing local produce. The food garden will include a composting facility able to turn raw organic material and compostable café serving ware from across the precinct into garden compost for use on site. The new car park bordering the Northern end of the precinct has been sealed with Reconophalt – a surfacing material comprised of crushed, recycled items that diverted around 710,000 plastic bags and 20,700 toner cartridges from landfill. The car park will also have 8 electric vehicle charging points. End of trip facilities for active transport such as cycling and running include showers, lockers and electric bike charging points.
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