Stage 2: River's Edge building
River's Edge is the new vibrant academic building, which will sit between the existing Architecture and Design building and historic Inveresk Railway Workshops.
The River's Edge maximises panoramic views of the North Esk river and mountains to the east, with southerly views through to Traverser Lane. A place-based design responds to old and new, featuring industrial-style metal cladding, natural atrium lighting and windows inspired by the existing sawtooth rooflines of Inveresk.
The building is at the centre of some of the most intriguing intersections of this remarkable precinct - between a river and a new university square; between existing historic buildings and the northern end of Traverser Lane; between old and new. The place-based design response for River's Edge is deeply rooted in preserving and illuminating the distinctive qualities of the site in new and contemporary ways.
The new buildings at Inveresk will be strongly linked to the existing Architecture and Design and Stone buildings, which will undergo revitalisation work in line with this stage to create an exciting student experience across the precinct.
Designed by John Wardle Architects, with local Tasmanian partners 1+2 Architecture, this is a people centric building that is welcoming, safe, and invites all users of the precinct to observe, engage and contribute to a rich university experience. In addition to innovative learning environments, River's Edge includes:
- Flexible, collaborative teaching and research spaces for the College of Arts, Law and Education; supported with digital technology
- Break out spaces for students to encourage collaboration, social interaction and informal learning
- Workspaces for the University's divisional and support staff
- A home for Riawunna, embracing Tasmanian Aboriginal culture
- A consultation hub for Disability and Accessibility support, counselling and student wellbeing services
- A lively central atrium as the heart of the building; a flexible gathering space which will be open for student events and community use
- Dedicated space for students studying higher degrees by research
- Learning on show, welcoming the community in for educational experiences
A development application was submitted in June 2020 and approved in November 2020. Construction is planned to start by mid-2021, for completion in early 2023.