While construction activity is a regular part of life in the centre of the city we are working hard to ensure the impacts are minimised, with the bulk of disruptive works being carried out during the times when students are not on campus


Preparing the Construction Zone

Before we could start to renovate the heart of the City campus, we needed to prepare the campus for the project. So the first phase of the New Academic Street project was a series of pre-works and upgrades to get the campus ready for the main construction phase.

More than 30 pre-New Academic Street projects and NAS stage 1 have been completed and handed back to RMIT– to ensure staff and students have purpose-built facilities to use for work and studies.

NAS’ Interactive Timeline lists the old and new facilities and tracks what has been delivered.


Hoardings have been installed around the campus:

  • Along the East side of Bowen Street
  • Around the future site of the Garden Building behind building 10
  • Along Franklin Street in front of Building 14
  • Along Swanston Street in front of Buildings 14, 12 & 10.

Refer to the Hoarding Map (jpg, 1.1mb) for more information.

Access Changes

  • The Access Changes page [Currently updating] has a full list of changes to university access as well as mobility paths and after-hours access information
  • Access to the construction zone will be prohibited
  • Access to Building 14 is from Swanston Street.
  • Learn more about mobility impairment access while major construction projects are going on around RMIT University’s City campus.

Traffic Management Plan

From September 2015 until July 2017, pedestrians and vehicles will be safely segregated in Bowen Street.

Traffic barricades have been erected down the centre of Bowen Street between La Trobe and Franklin Streets, creating a central pathway for vehicles with safe walk ways either side for pedestrians.

All vehicles will enter the City campus from La Trobe Street and will be directed along Bowen Street (inside the barriers).

Gates will be open enabling free access across Bowen Street and additional gates will be open when construction is not underway (for example, Sundays). When a vehicle enters the campus the gates will be progressively closed and opened by traffic management contractors.

Pedestrians should expect a two to three minute delay when trying to cross – a similar wait time to traffic lights.

Impacts on Staff and Students

Given that works are based in the busiest part of the City campus, there will be some impacts on staff and students.

The Swanston Library

While the Library footprint will be reduced while the building works are underway, the number of student study spaces has been maintained at 1000.

The Hub (RMIT Connect) and Students Group

RMIT Connect has moved to its permanent location in Building 10, level 4 as part of the Stage 2 handover.

Key Services for Students will be co-located into RMIT Connect and this will deliver a better student experience. More information is available from RMIT Connect.

Timetable changes

Schools affected by the construction activity have been working with central Timetabling to schedule classes in alternative spaces outside of the construction area.

Check your timetable to confirm class locations. RMIT Timetabling has extra space available to accommodate classes in the event they have to be moved. Contact your School Administration Office if you have any queries.

Noise impacts

The building contractor is not permitted to carry out specific ‘noisy works’ (above 65dBA) between 8.30am-6.30pm, which means noisy works will only occur late when (most) students are gone. Rooms located close to the construction zone have been blocked out of the room booking system.

Higher impact construction, which will largely occur out of hours or when most students are not on campus, have been listed in a ‘Rules of Engagement’ document that the building contractor has agreed to comply with. Noise and vibration monitoring equipment has been installed in the construction zone to ensure construction impacts stay within the agreed levels.

These agreed noise, dust and vibration levels fall within statutory guidelines set out in the Occupational Health and Safety Act/ Regulations 2004.

Safety around Campus

Learn about how to be safe on campus while major construction projects going on around RMIT University’s City campus.

Explore the New Academic Street

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