Monash University's Clayton campus' $145 million student accommodation precinct is complete, with all four buildings receiving a 5 Star Green Star as built rating.
The project included the construction of four new residential buildings providing a combined total of more than 1,000 studio apartments, with associated retail and student informal learning spaces.
Challenges in the delivery of the project included the complex designs and multiple stakeholders with four architects appointed to ensure each building had a distinct look and identity. Architects included Hayball, Jackson Clements Burrows Architects, Richard Middleton Architects and McBride Charles Ryan. While each building has its own individual architectural style, all buildings include common areas such as games rooms and lounge areas with shared landscaped areas between the four buildings. Another challenge in the construction was the strategically managed sequencing of precast elements and on-site activity. Some 3,500 fast-tracked precast concrete panels were used in the construction and had to be designed, manufactured and delivered in time for the concrete pour on each level. Construction was accelerated by the use of prefabricated bathroom pods, complete bathrooms manufactured off-site, that were later installed into position once structures were complete. Locally produced materials include façade glazing elements that were produced in Clayton.