Stage 3: Willis Street building
Willis Street is the new academic building with a focus on allied health, nursing, food, science and physical education. It is a people centric building that provides glimpses into research and learning - a place designed for university, industry, government and community to engage and collaborate within.
The building will have a vibrant forecourt and main entrance on Cimitiere St. Its unique position connects Launceston's iconic landmarks; from the CBD to City Park across the North Esk River to Inveresk Precinct.
The expansive shed design by John Wardle Architects with its all-encompassing roof is a bold gesture, symbolic of the university's vision and ideals that this will be a place filled with human endeavour making positive impacts for Tasmania, and from Tasmania to the world. Framed views are provided to the city and to the North Esk river.
Designed by John Wardle Architects, the building is inspired by surrounding industrial architecture and creating an exciting place for students to experience ‘science in a shed'.
A plaza walkway will create a continuous journey via the new pedestrian and cycle bridge travelling over Boland St and cross the river, creating a vibrant streetscape and unique experience for people of all ages and abilities.
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, accessible and democratic, acting as the single point of entry and a place for multiple modes of operation for small to large gatherings.
The Willis Street building focuses on encouraging community and industry collaboration and provides glimpses into research and learning. It includes:
- Nursing simulation labs co-located with TasTAFE
- Food science facilities including a sensory lab to provide hands-on skills and testing
- Allied Health clinics to support new courses being developed in Dietetics, Speech Pathology, Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy
- Spaces which enable community health education programs for children and older adults, professional development workshops, sports science testing and wellbeing initiatives
- An open central atrium showcasing core themes of food science and health, used for interactive events and forums to encourage community learning and research activities
- Fully accessible changing place facilities available for public use
- Extensive ‘urban realm' landscaping with active recreation spaces
- A ‘nutrition bar' style takeaway café
A development application was submitted in June 2020 and approved in November 2020. Construction is planned to start from late-2021 for completion in early 2024.