Monash opens in Docklands

Sean Car

Docklands’ pandemic recovery received another welcome boost last month as leading global tertiary provider Monash University opened the doors to its new Docklands campus in the Batman’s Hill precinct.

Located at 750 Collins St opposite Collins Square, builder Multiplex recently completed Monash University’s new Monash College vertical campus, which is now open to international students welcomed back onshore after an extended period of remote learning due to COVID-19. 

Monash College is a pathway to Monash University, Australia’s largest university and its new campus merges operations from 222 Bourke St, 321 Exhibition St, 271 Collins St, Clayton, and Caulfield campuses. 

Designed by Lyons Architecture in collaboration with five additional architects, Monash College spans 10 levels and provides 40,700 square metres of state-of-the-art educational facilities. 

Monash College features modern collaborative workspaces for students, internal winter gardens, a 400-seat auditorium, 11 specialist science rooms, seven art and design rooms and a student hub/wellness centre set to optimise both the teaching and learning experience.

The building also includes student kitchens and breakout spaces throughout, as well as retail tenancies for food outlets on the lower floors. A range of special finishes have been used throughout the campus including timber atrium framing, bamboo light fittings, epoxy floor finishes, bluestone paving and various carpet textures. 

Monash College CEO Jo Mithen said, “With restrictions easing, our students have begun returning to Melbourne and we couldn’t be more excited for them to experience the brand-new city campus in Docklands.” 

“From the Village Social and Urban deck areas, where students can hang out, through to the many breakout and information spaces for quiet study and group assignments, there is a space to suit everyone.” 

Construction began in 2020 with some 400 workers on site throughout the build.

The redevelopment included structural modifications to the atrium, making way for 10 new escalators in a “criss-cross” format connecting all floors. Each escalator weighed 8.6 tons when fully assembled •

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