The University of Newcastle has unveiled a concept design for a student accommodation complex at its city campus in the heart of Newcastle.
The concept by Architectus proposes a nine-storey building on the corner of Worth Place and Civic Lane in the Honeysuckle precinct near the Hunter River waterfront. The complex will accommodate up to 450 students, and will also include outdoor communal spaces and ground floor retail spaces.
“We want to make sure this project is designed to provide contemporary, supportive, and comfortable student housing," said University of Newcastle vice-chancellor Alex Zelinsky. The extension is a bid to help address the increasing need for student accommodation in the region.
“We are committed to expanding housing options, increasing capacity and alleviating rental pressures, and we look forward to collaborating with the community to enhance the student experience and deliver a high-quality, welcoming facility for our region.”
The university has also consulted with local Indigenous stakeholders to provide input on designing a culturally safe place for future students and the community. “Continuing to respect and celebrate the Aboriginal community’s extensive cultural heritage and connection to this land is a top priority for the University from start to finish on this project,” Zelinsky said.
The student accommodation project will be the second development at the university’s Honeysuckle campus, after the completion of the Q building in 2022, designed by EJE Architecture, which houses the School of Humanities, Creative Industries and Social Sciences, as well as the Integrated Innovation Network.
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