Stage 2: Urban Realm landscaping
A new Urban Realm will be developed, forming a series of interconnected outdoor spaces across Inveresk which will provide over 15,000 sq/m of flexible places to enable learning, events and gatherings for the community and the University.
Landscape architects Realm Studios have used a co-design approach in collaboration with current and future users of the site to develop key principles. These have been used to guide functional design as part of a shared precinct with the City of Launceston. The Urban Realm will honour the Tasmanian Aboriginal culture consider the site’s industrial history, geological foundations, hydrological patterns and ecological diversity.
An Urban Design Framework (“UDF”) has been developed to define the vision for the future of the campus, how it links people and activities within a shared precinct and through to the city. Urban Realm landscaping has been guided by this vision.
With a focus on accessibility, inclusion and sustainability, the Urban Realm development includes:
- 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
- pulingina milaythina Welcoming Space: 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 and will enable collaborative learning experiences for all ages, available for community events and festivals with flexible seating, decking and open green space
- 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
Subject to Council planning processes, construction of Urban Realm spaces will commence from mid-2021 for completion in 2022.