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La Trobe University, Student Accommodation

Bundoora, Melbourne

Victoria’s largest timber building
currently under construction.

Utilising 3500 cubic meters of Cross Laminated and GluLam timber, 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 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 program. 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 our clients.

Client: La Trobe University

Architect: JCB Architects

Builder: Multiplex

Completion: 2020

Images: Multiplex

Sector: Universities, Residential

Services: Timber, Structural, Façade


  • 2020 – Timber Design Awards – Multi Residential Award