Bendigo TAFE launches new design for revitalised city campus

Bendigo TAFE’s city campus is set for an incredible transformation, with concept designs for two new buildings unveiled to the public for the first time today.

The new Bendigo city campus will be an inspiring place to learn. The modern learning environment will open up greater choices on how, where and when to study. New technology will complement the hands-on skills training delivered by Bendigo TAFE.

The $59.9 million revitalisation project, funded by the Victorian Government, will include the introduction of two new buildings and the refurbishment of existing heritage buildings on the campus to create a vibrant and active space for students, staff and the community.

Designed by Victorian architects, Architectus and Six Degrees, and project managed by Donald Cant Watts Corke, the revitalised campus will be an exciting mix of old and new, highlighting the strong history of Bendigo TAFE combined with a clear focus on training the workforce of tomorrow.

Featuring purpose-built, adaptable teaching spaces and workplace-simulated training rooms with modern equipment, the new vision for the campus is set to drastically improve the student experience on campus and enrich the TAFE’s delivery.

The new learning environment will be composed of purposeful learning settings, including:

  • practical spaces that promote authentic hands-on learning experiences
  • high-energy collaborative environments that are magnets for industry and foster cross-disciplinary partnerships
  • quiet zones that support reflection, individual study and learning assistance
  • social environments that encourage students to build personal support networks and study on campus.

“We’re very excited about what this revitalisation means for our students. It’s going to be a great learning environment and an enjoyable place to study,” said Bendigo TAFE CEO Phill Murphy.

"We want to create invigorative, collaborative and nurturing space where all students feel welcome, comfortable, supported and that they belong.

“The modern workplace-simulated training rooms and state-of-the-art equipment will ensure that our students obtain the experience and skills they need to get a job, a new job or a better job.”

A prominent entry will be opened off from Hargreaves Street to create a new, easy to find front door for the campus. A new Learning Hub will provide a one-stop-shop for learning and student support, with collaborative spaces for informal and formal training.

The new plans will open up the campus to showcase the training occurring within. In particular, the hospitality and hairdressing training at Bendigo TAFE will be on show, encouraging people to participate and provide the students with valuable experience and the real life application of their new specialist skills.

The revitalisation of the Bendigo TAFE city campus is projected to be completed in 2021.

Artist’s impression, new building G on Hargreaves Street

Artist’s impression, new building J on Chapel Street

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