New college approved for University of New England

Published 04 March 2013

UNE’s Chief Operating Officer David Cushway has welcomed the decision by the Joint Regional Planning Panel to approve the development of a new residential college for the University.

“This is wonderful news, allowing the University to proceed with construction of a brand new college, as the first stage in a long term College Redevelopment Project,” Mr Cushway said.

The new college development involves the construction of four two-storey residential college buildings providing 222 new student rooms, including 10 rooms specifically designed for students with a disability. Additional car parking will also be provided for 98 cars.

Mr Cushway said UNE aims to be the country’s pre-eminent collegiate University and to do that we need modern infrastructure and greater student accommodation options.

“In line with the requirements of a modern university student, each wing will also include communal kitchen facilities and rooms as part of UNE’s focus on building the on-campus student experience.

“Particularly exciting is the design of one floor and ten student rooms, specifically to accommodate people with disabilities.”

A separate building will house a bike store and workshop as an important extension of the university’s environmental sustainability policy, encouraging university students to use pedal power in preference to motor vehicles.

A call for tenders for the new college development was issued this week, with responses to be considered in March.

“The new college is the first stage in a comprehensive College Redevelopment Project, and will play a vital role in housing students during the rejuvenation of the rest of the college system,” Mr Cushway said.

“The rejuvenation of the college system is a key feature of the University’s aims to provide on-campus students with a formative lifestyle experience, while they complete a world-class degree at UNE.”