Three new buildings and a pedestrian and cycling bridge across the North Esk River are the design highlights for the $260 million redevelopment of the University of Tasmania at Inveresk.
The Commonwealth Government, University of Tasmania, Tasmanian Government, City of Launceston and architects McBride Charles Ryan have unveiled the blueprint for what will be the single largest infrastructure investment in Launceston’s history.
The University of Tasmania redevelopment sits at the heart of the Launceston City Deal, with $130 million contributed from the Federal Government, as the council pushes to make Launceston a true “University City”.
University of Tasmania Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Rather said it was an exciting milestone which would underpin the institution’s vision for social and economic revitalisation in Tasmania’s regions.
“There has been a high level of anticipation for the release of the masterplan and we are pleased to be able to present to the community the vision and aspirations for the relocation of the University’s operations to Inveresk,” Professor Rathjen said.
“We are not proposing to build a traditional university campus. This masterplan outlines a dynamic higher education and research ecosystem as part of the Inveresk precinct and the beating heart of Launceston as a University City for the future.
“It sets out a vision that incorporates modern, fit-for-purpose teaching and learning spaces a short walk to the CBD, and research facilities focused on distinctive fields of academic endeavour to drive better economic outcomes in northern Tasmania.
Architecture firm McBride Charles Ryan has developed an the design which includes the construction of three main University buildings.
It also includes the construction of a new pedestrian and cycling bridge linking the Willis St site to the Inveresk Precinct.
The University will undertake public feedback forums and invites input from residents before it submits its final application to council for approval.
“As we move from masterplan to development application, the University and the City of Launceston will continue to work on these key issues of traffic, parking and ensuring the Inveresk precinct deliver for both partners and the community,” Launceston Mayor Albert van Zetten said.
Tasmanian Treasurer Peter Gutwein said the project was an absolute game-changer for the North of the State.
“I would also like to acknowledge the hard work of the Office of the Coordinator-General, which has helped drive this project on behalf of the Hodgman Government,” Mr Gutwein said