Robb College redevelopment enters design phase

Published 05 April 2018

The next phase of UNE’s Robb College redevelopment is underway, following the appointment of architects to develop plans for the college’s new residential courts.

After a competitive tender process, Billard Leece Partnership (BLP) has been awarded the contract to design Robb’s new residential courts for 21st Century usage while honouring the appearance and practicality of the college’s original 1960s architecture.

BLP will also design a new 270-bed residential building on UNE’s Bellevue campus. The firm has an extensive portfolio of education projects.

UNE Vice-Chancellor, Professor Annabelle Duncan, said she is delighted with the current progress of the Robb redevelopment after a decade-long stall in the process.

“We have come into 2018 at last having the capability to redevelop Robb College so that it has a future as strong and compelling as its past,” Professor Duncan said.

“The site is being readied for the new residential court buildings, which BLP will design to occupy a very similar footprint to the original buildings and to carry many of their design cues.”

“The iconic Robb College Dining Hall, which unlike the old residential courts remains fit for purpose, is being stripped of inappropriate additions so that it can be restored as near as possible to the intentions of its original design.”

Prof. Duncan congratulated BLP on winning the Robb College contract. 

“Among the reasons for awarding BLP the project was its strong portfolio of education-related projects, which includes work on student accommodation for universities like La Trobe.”

“We believe that BLP will be able to create a future Robb College that carries forward the best of the Robb tradition, but in a design reinterpreted for the expectations of today’s students.”

BLP Project Director Tara Veldman added: “The Robb College project will leverage BLP’s extensive experience delivering innovative people-centred design solutions. Our designs will support the needs of the student, and provide a vibrant village atmosphere at this home away from home.”