New lecture theatre on the Bundoora campus

 The lecture theatre is a freestanding, iconic building that will form a new entrance point for the campus from the east. Courtesy: Allen Powell Architects

The lecture theatre is to be a freestanding, iconic building that will form a new entrance point for the campus from the east.Courtesy: Allen Powell Architects.

Sustainability at RMIT: Bundoora West Lecture Theatre poster

The Bundoora West Lecture Theatre is featured in the “Sustainability at RMIT” poster series. For more information on the Bundoora West Lecture Theatre’s environmentally sustainability design features, download a copy of the poster(PDF, 7.47MB).

RMIT Bundoora: Wetland Management Plan

Download the DRAFT RMIT Bundoora Wetland Management Plan (PDF, 496kb).

In 2009, Ecology Australia Pty. Ltd. was commissioned to prepare a Wetland Management Plan for the artificial waterbody on the RMIT Bundoora west campus.

The production of this report is a necessary component in applying for a ‘Green Star Rating’, which is sought for the construction of the Bundoora West Lecture Theatre, which is situated near the wetland. The Wetland Management Plan has been designed to protect and enhance wetland values over a five year period.


Bundoora West campus

Project overview

The Bundoora West Campus has a new lecture theatre. The main auditorium has a capacity for 360 people. The lecture theatre is also available for presentations and use by the community.

The lecture theatre includes several flexible work areas for study and an informal learning area that can accommodate 200 people. A surrounding piazza provides active learning space for students.

The lecture theatre has been equipped with several technological features. An audio visual system will improve interactive learning between staff and students and has the ability to record lectures. A video link from the lecture theatre allows students in the informal learning area to tune into lectures in progress.

The building also has several sustainable features. There are energy efficient water fixtures and fittings, and a rainwater collection from the roof of the building to be used for toilet flushing and irrigation.

Other sustainable design features include energy efficient lighting and low VOC (Volatile

Organic Chemicals) flooring, furnishing and paints. There is also a high indoor environment quality with the provision of high levels of daylight. The building’s energy and water usage data will also be viewable on a display screen within the building.

The landscaping around the lecture theatre provides north and south facing courtyards with gardens and a covered veranda.

Project update

January 2011

The Bundoora Lecture Theater is complete and ready for the start of semester 1.

June 2010

Construction works are well underway. Pre-cast panels have been erected; the mezzanine floor slab is being poured and mechanical service rough-ins and structural roof framing are underway.

February – May 2010

Preliminary construction work is underway. Foundation works are completed, pre-cast panels are being erected and structural roof framing work will shortly commence.

October 2009 – January 2010

The main contractor – ProBuild Constructions – has been appointed. Constructions works are commencing in early February, 2010.

March – September, 2009

Design Development has been completed. The tender for the main contractor will go public at the end of October with the aim to appoint the contractor before Christmas, 2009.

February 2009

The feasibility and cost planning stages of the Bundoora lecture theatre project were completed in early December 2008 and Allan Powell architects have been appointed for the full architectural role.

Tender submissions for all sub-consultants have been received with interviews and recommendations to RMIT pending.

Project timeline

Work begins

February, 2010

Work ends

December, 2010


RMIT Project Managers

Rocky De Pace and Montlaur Project Services

RMIT Manager, Client Relations

Julian Holdsworth-Smith


Allan Powell architects

Main Contractor

Probuild Constructions

Quantity Surveyor

Page Kirkland Group

Building Surveyor

PLP Building Surveyors and Consultants

Access Consultancy Services

Blythe Sanderson Group

Landscape Architect

Fitzgerald Frisby Landscape Architects

Services Engineer


Structural and Civil Engineer

Winward Structures

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