New home for the School of Media and Communication (formerly the School of Applied Communication)

Photo: The newly renovated Building 9 is now home to the School of Media and Communication.

The newly renovated Building 9 is now home to the School of Media and Communication.


The new School of Media and Communication in Building 9 is featured in the “Sustainability at RMIT” poster series. For more information on Building 9’s environmentally sustainabe design features, download a copy of the poster (PDF, 291KB).

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  • Project overview
  • Project update
  • Project update: staff and student access
  • Project timeline
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    Corner of Bowen and Franklin Streets, City campus

    Project overview

    Building 9 is the new home for the School of Media and Communication. The 71 year old building required a renovation to improve its functionality and internal visual appeal.

    Building 9 now has two additional storeys. The new storeys include the addition of innovative classrooms and office spaces. Sustainable design features were included in the renovation.

    The renovations of Building 9 consolidated the School of Media and Communication. Previously, the School was housed across seven building on the City Campus. This consolidation will reinforce the School’s identity within RMIT.

    Building 9 has received several architectural awards.

    • Victorian Architecture Award 2010 - Public Architecture Alternations and Additions, awarded to Peter Elliott Architects and Urban Design
    • John George Knight Award for Heritage Architecture, awarded to Peter Elliott Architects and Urban Design

    Sustainable Features:

    • Sustainable design features, including rainwater collection tanks, natural ventilation, energy-efficient lighting and chilled beam technology
    • Two additional storeys and 2,052m2 of extra space
    • A staff precinct
    • A teaching and learning precinct
    • Cross-disciplinary, flexible, multi-purpose teaching spaces
    • An ‘open to the sky’ courtyard
    • Student-designed graphics throughout the interior developed by “The Works”

    Project update

    February 2011 – August 2011

    Briefing for the final phase of the project (Level 1 South) is underway.

    July 2010 – January 2011

    Construction of the new sound recording and production facilities in the basement and Level 1 North are complete are ready for semester 1.

    January – June 2010

    Design development for the northern areas of the Building 9 basement and level 1 is now complete. The first phase of construction works has commenced.

    September – December 2009

    Levels 2 and 3 of the School of Media and Communication are now complete.

    August 2009

    Levels 4 and 5 of the School of Media and Communications are now completed and staff have now moved into their new premises.

    July 2009

    The School of Applied Communication and the School of Creative Media have combined to become the School of Media and Communication, which began operating on 6th July.

    October 2008 – May 2009

    Construction works for the new levels 4 and 5 are progressing well and teams are targeting to complete the two new levels by August, 2009. Works have been brought forward for progressive completion. Levels 2 and 3 will be completed to allow occupancy in October, 2009, followed by the fitout works to Level 1 and the basement, allowing for occupancy in December 2012.

    September 2008

    Completion of the basement and levels 2 and 3 upgrade has been brought forward to early 2010.

    May 2008

    Building 9 is now shrouded in protective scaffolding and screening to isolate the comprehensive works that are underway and to allow University business to continue in neighbouring locations.

    Recent works in Building 9 have concentrated on finalising construction of the new lifts.

    Works to date have achieved this for levels 1 to 4 and the building contractor is completing the basement excavation for the lift overrun in the existing mudstone foundation material.

    Scaffolding has been erected along Bowen Street, Franklin Street and University Way to allow the upper storey demolition to begin. Planning is well underway for all other aspects of the construction for the two new floors with the building contractors.

    Project timeline

    Early works began

    October 2007

    Major works began

    end November 2007

    Work ends

    Levels 4 & 5 – August 2009

    Levels 2 & 3 – October 2009

    Basement and Level 1 North – January 2011

    Level 1 South - 2012



    Peter Elliot Architecture + Urban Design


    RMIT Project Manager

    DCWC (Project Manager for Building 9, Levels 2, 3, 4 and 5)

    Louise Allgood (Project Manager for Building 9 basement and Level 1)

    RMIT Client Relations Manager

    Tony Metherell

    Building Surveyor

    BGSM Consulting Pty Ltd

    Quantity Surveyor

    Simon Wragg and Associates

    Main Contractor

    APM Group Pty Ltd & Harris HMC Pty Ltd.

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