The New Academic Street project will transform the heart of the City campus by creating new facilities that will enable RMIT to deliver better services for students.

A carefully planned construction program is upgrading facilities that really matter to students – the Swanston library, the Student Hall (supporting enrolment and program queries), collaboration spaces and food options – to improve life on campus.

While there will be some impacts over the two year program, key facilities will be handed back in stages to ensure students enjoy the benefits of the new environment as soon as possible.

The New Academic Street project provides a strong foundation for delivering an ever-improving student experience at RMIT’s flagship City campus.

Why we’re undertaking this project?

Our main aim in undertaking the New Academic Street project is to improve the student experience at RMIT’s flagship City campus.

Students tell us they love being part of the city, but it’s hard to find space to relax and enjoy campus life. Students want more places to collaborate and study. They also want the fundamentals, such as enrolment and program queries, to be managed easily and efficiently without waiting in a queue.

So we are transforming the centre of the campus by:

  • opening the campus to the surrounding streetscape and creating light-filled laneways, glass-roofed arcades and rooftop urban spaces
  • renovating the Swanston Library, which will double its capacity and provide more than 2000 study spaces across multiple floors with access to fresh air and natural light
  • creating three new entrances off Swanston Street that will lead to The Hall (which will house RMIT Connect) which brings all the student services into one location and provides better and more timely service to students and reduced queues
  • providing an extra 1000 seats which will be open across a mix of innovative food, beverage and essential retail
  • opening a new Media Precinct which includes state-of-the-art TV studios fitted with the latest broadcast technology, 4K UHD capabilities and more – enabling a new level of industry engagement for students, community stakeholders and alumni.

For more information, please download the NAS Briefing Pack (pdf, 2180kb, 22p).

Construction Handover Stages

Stage 1

Mid 2015 – Early 2016

  • First phase of Student Hall, level 4 of Building 8
  • Library Transformation Model, levels 5 & 6 of Building 8
  • Building 10 lecture theatre refurbishment, levels 9 – 13 of Building 10.

Stage 2

Late 2015 – Early 2017

  • New vertical transport core (stairs an escalators up to level 7)
  • New Library on levels 5 & 6 of Buildings 10 & 12
  • New balconies (Swanston Street)
  • New retail across level 4 of Building 12
  • New Student Hall in Building 10
  • New TV studios (level 2 of Building 14)
  • New entries (Swanston and Franklin Streets)
  • New rooftop terraces
  • Bowen Street Landscaping

Stage 3

Early 2017 – Mid 2017

  • New Library on levels 5 & 6 of Building 8
  • New retail in Building 14
  • New Garden Building
  • New Building 8 Swanston Street entry canopy.

Explore the New Academic Street

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