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.
Preparation for Stages A and B went very smoothly, and with stage C getting under way soon, there’ll be a few more preparations and moves needed. Keep an eye out to see what they are and if they’ll affect you, but don’t worry, we’ll make it as smooth and easy as possible.
More than 30 pre-New Academic Street projects and NAS stage A 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.
- 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
- Disabled access to Building 8 is via Bowen Street
From Swanston Street it is via the DDA lift leading to the level 2 lifts in Building 8, or the laneway next to Building 8 and up the ramp to level 4.
- Disabled access to Buildings 10, 12 and 14 is via Bowen Street and Building 8, level 4.
- 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) and exit via Franklin Street.
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 Swanston Library precinct page has all the information on how NAS will completely transform the library
- RMIT’s Study spaces web page can help you find a student study space
- Visit the Library home page for general information on RMIT library services.
The Hub (RMIT Connect) and Students Group
RMIT Connect has moved to Building 28. In February 2017 it will be moving again to its permanent location as part of the Stage B 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.
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.
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.
Dust, Fumes and Vibration Impacts
The New Academic Street project may cause temporary impacts to staff and students at RMIT’s City campus. This video steps you through the reality of how noise, dust, fumes or vibrations might affect you and how this will be managed during the life of the two-year project.