Monash University today announced the development of a 150-room residential complex on their Peninsula campus. The building, to be ready for occupation in 2019, will provide students with a range of modern, high-quality and sustainable residential spaces. Monash University Peninsula campus is part of a vibrant regional integrated health and education precinct, and is set to become Australia’s leading centre of allied health and primary care education and research.
Professor David Copolov AO, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Major Campuses and Student Engagement) said that the new Residential complex is a welcome addition to Monash’s Peninsula campus. “This building will be pivotal in advancing the critically important role that the campus will play in the University’s development plan. The availability of quality student accommodation is one of the key components that underpin our desire to establish Monash Peninsula as Australia’s leading centre of allied health education and research, and to expand our campus’ contribution to and engagement with the Frankston and Mornington Peninsula region, including as a source of Education, Business and Allied Health graduates. “The new residential facility will not only help to attract more students, but will also provide a sound and attractive residential focus for them to make the campus their base. We are especially proud of the environmental features of this exciting new building, whose design gives effect to our strategy for a sustainable future,” he said.
Monash’s Peninsula campus is the third largest of Monash’s urban campuses, and comprises the University’s major presence in the Frankston and Mornington Peninsula region, catering to approximately 3,600 students.
The sustainable new residential building is targeting Passive House certification. Passive house design focuses on occupant comfort, health and performance based buildings that will reduce operating energy costs making them a lot more economical to run. It’s expected the building will use a cross laminated timber structural system that could halve the embodied carbon in the building relative to a concrete structure. When combined with roof top solar it will dramatically reduce operating carbon and the all-electric design is net zero ready. The building will also include a rain water harvesting tank and water sensitive urban design, notably the creation of a landscaped dry-creek bed that will provide additional opportunities for recreation, manage storm water flows during high rain events and connect into the natural waterways of the campus.
Architect: Jackson Clements Burrows
Landscape Architect: Glas Urban
Completion: February 2019