32-Storey Victoria University “Vertical Campus” In CBD

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Construction begins next year on Victoria University’s ‘vertical campus’ on Little Lonsdale St in Melbourne’s CBD. The project initially gained planning permission five years ago.

The $110 million project is expected to be complete in time for the 2022 academic year. Architect Daryl Jackson is the designer for this proposed world-class higher education facility.

The campus will be a 32-storey, 24,000 square metre tower. It is designed to provide office and teaching space for the business, health and biomedicine, and the law and justice faculties, as well as a space for administration.

The project originally gained ministerial approval in 2013. Planning Minister Richard Wynne renewed the permit in October last year.

The building will be built onto two existing buildings. The Lands Titles Office, was built in the late 19th century. The Records Office was built in 1904. Both buildings are both listed on the state Heritage Register. A separate proposal for a 17-storey building above the heritage sites was rejected last year.

This 32-storey project is now approved and going ahead, with both buildings intended to remain in use by the university.

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