La Trobe University, Student Accommodation

Bundoora, Melbourne

Soon to be, Victoria’s largest timber building!

Kicking off in June, The $100M La Trobe University Student Accommodation project will provide over 600 new beds and new student amenities, for the university’s growing Bundoora Campus.

TTW was engaged by Multiplex as the principal structural engineer, following our earlier value engineering advice during the tender period. Leveraging our significant timber expertise and in-house bespoke design tools, our engineers developed innovative structural solutions that resulted in significant material and programmatic savings without compromising the architectural design intent, which assisted Multiplex in their successful tender. Notably, our holistic design approach allowed all pile foundations to be removed, as compared to the reference design.

TTW have delivered all key structural packages, including CLT and Glulam, as well as concrete substructure packages, in less than two months from appointment, in order to meet the fast-tracked procurement and construction programme. This included having our team attend design workshops in Europe with the timber supplier, to fast track the design coordination and shop drawing process – underpinning our commitment to service and to our clients.

Client: La Trobe University

Architect: JCB Architects

Builder: Multiplex

Completion: 2020

Sector: Universities, Residential

Services: Timber, Structural