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Plans for new inner-city hub for learning approved


The University of Tasmania has welcomed the City of Hobart’s approval of plans to restore the former Forestry building and create an inner-city hub for learning.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Rufus Black said the project would help more Tasmanians access more educational opportunities in state-of-the-art facilities.

“The former Forestry building is a beautiful and important piece of Hobart architecture, and we are proud to be restoring it and giving it a new life helping Tasmanians unlock the power of education,” Professor Black said.

“Centrally located, the Forestry building is easy for students to get to, close to jobs, and a short walk from the shops and services of the city. It makes it much easier for someone to fit study in with the rest of their life.”

The Forestry building will host the College of Business of Economics and our Law School as well as administrative offices. When complete, 300 staff and 3000 students will work and study in the building.

The renewed facility will join existing University facilities in the city including the Medical Science Precinct, the Hedberg, the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, student accommodation and more.

“We are grateful for the careful consideration the City of Hobart has given to this important project and for the information and input members of the community have provided throughout the planning process,” Professor Black said.

More information about the design of the new facility is available on the University’s website.

Work is expected to commence before the end of the year.

(Pictured):  An artist's impression of the restoration of the dome atrium in the Forestry Building.