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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.

Library and Student Services
  • Tender closed February 2020
  • Early works including piling January - March 2020 
  • Contract awarded mid April 2020
  • Full construction starts mid 2020
  • Completion end 2021 
Pedestrian and cycle bridge
  • Construction March - December 2020 (stage one to Boland St)
River's Edge building (previously known as Learning and Teaching building)
  • Development application submitted mid 2020
  • Construction expected to commence by mid 2021
  • Due for completion early 2023
Willis St building
  • Development application submitted end of 2020
  • Construction expected to commence early 2022
  • Due for completion early 2024.

27 February 2020

Notice of pedestrian and cycle bridge works commencing at Inveresk

The University of Tasmania is planning to commence works on the bridge which will link the Inveresk Precinct and the city.  

This is a design and construct project being undertaken by BridgePro Engineering, as part of the University’s Northern Transformation Program. An initiative of the Launceston City Deal, the bridge will provide a safe and accessible link between Inveresk and the city. Upon completion, the bridge will be an asset managed by City of Launceston.

The work will involve construction starting from the Boland St side (south side of the North Esk River) to land next to the student accommodation on the north side.

The commencement of the work is dependent upon the appointed contractor obtaining the required approvals from Launceston City Council. A traffic management plan has been approved which will ensure minimal disruption to traffic flow.

Work will be conducted throughout the following period:

Dates: March – December (9 months)
Days of site activity: Monday - Friday (excluding public holidays) and some Saturdays as required
Working hours: Between 7am - 5pm

Residents and businesses located near this area will experience noise associated with piling works and other construction activities. Machinery will access the work area off Boland St near the intersection of Lawrence St.

The University of Tasmania apologies for any inconvenience and thanks the local community for its cooperation during these important works. For further information get in touch with the project team via email at northern.expansion@utas.edu.au.


18 December 2019

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 marked 1 on the Inveresk Precinct Plan map, between Creative Arts and Media (known as the Stone building) and the Annexe Theatre.

To minimise impact upon the surrounding community and scheduled programs around the precinct, work has been scheduled to start immediately after MONA FOMA music and arts festival and before the start of the University’s first semester, as follows:

Dates: Wednesday 22 January for a period of 4-6 weeks
Days of site activity: Monday - Friday (excluding public holidays)
Working hours: Between 7am - 5pm

UPDATE: 16 March 2020

Early works to prepare the foundations for the new Library and Student Services building at Inveresk is planned for completion by mid April, rather than Friday 6 March as previously advised. This is due to several underground utility services being located on the development site. Some weekend work will be required.

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.

The existing UTAS/TAFE staff carpark in this area will be unavailable from 21 January 2020, with alternative options available close by.

The University of Tasmania apologises for any inconvenience and thanks the local community for their cooperation during these important works. For enquiries about upcoming works please email northern.expansion@utas.edu.au.