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New Academic Street: Transforming RMIT

What is the New Academic Street project?

New Academic Street (NAS) is a project that will transform the heart of the City campus by creating new facilities that will enhance the student experience at RMIT. A carefully planned construction program will upgrade facilities that really matter to students – an expanded and upgraded Swanston library, a central new Student Hall supporting enrolment and program queries, innovative collaboration spaces and food options – to improve life on campus.

Why is this project being undertaken?

This project will improve the student experience at RMIT’s flagship City campus. Students tell us they love being part of the city but it’s hard to find space to relax and enjoy campus life. Students want more places to collaborate and study. They also want the fundamentals, such as enrolment and program queries, to be managed easily and efficiently without waiting in a queue.

The NAS project is transforming the centre of the campus by:

  • Opening the campus to the surrounding streetscape and creating light-filled laneways, glass roofed arcades and rooftop urban spaces;
  • Renovating the Swanston Library, which will double its capacity and provide more than 2000 study spaces across multiple floors with access to fresh air and natural light;
  • Creating three new entrances off Swanston Street that will lead to the  Student Hall (which will house RMIT Connect), that will co-locate key student services in one location providing better and more timely service to students and reduced queues;
  • Creating as extra 1000 seats will be open across a mix of innovative food, beverage, essential retail; and
  • Opening a new Media Precinct including TV studios fitted with the latest broadcast technology that will enable a new level of industry engagement for students, community stakeholders and alumni.

While there will be some impacts over the two year program (which started in August 2015 and will be delivered in mid-2017) key facilities will be handed back in stages to ensure students enjoy the benefits of the new environment as soon as possible. You can check out the Top Ten features of the project HERE.

Project Timetable

Stage 1 – Completed now: the new Student Portals in Building 10 – on levels 9 – 13 created 330 new student hang-out and study spaces and was completed March this year. Check out the launch article and watch a video of students talking about the portals HERE.

Stage 2 – Completed and OPEN early Semester 1, 2017: new Swanston library spaces in Buildings 10 and 12 , new Student Hall supporting enrolment and program queries, student collaboration and hang-out spaces, new food and beverage options, outdoor terraces and a new Media Precinct.  

Stage 3 – Completed half way through 2017: extra student retail, a new Garden Building and the final upgrade of library spaces in Building 8, levels 5 and 6.