A vibrant new heart for Flinders

Over 300 Flinders students, staff, alumni and visitors gathered last month for a sod turning ceremony for the University’s new plaza and student hub.

Coinciding with the 50th Anniversary of the start of construction of Flinders University at Bedford Park, the Plaza Redevelopment and Student Hub Project is one of the highest profile transformation projects Flinders has embarked on since its establishment in 1966.

A 3-D fly-through video of the design for the Plaza Redevelopment and Student Hub can be seen on the University’s website. It brings the project to life and provides an insight into an exciting state-of-the-art space in which to learn, connect and play.

Flinders University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Michael Barber, said the Plaza Redevelopment and Student Hub Project will be a “student-owned” space that connects essential services such as university associations, retail outlets and academic assistance, as well as providing opportunities for individual or group study and socialising.

The University’s $63 million redevelopment will include: a terraced amphitheatre for live performances and screenings; a new food court with healthy affordable food options; student kitchens; a range of function venues; quiet study spaces, individual study areas and group study lounges; centralised student services; and better access to the Central Library – all designed to enhance the student experience on campus.

The redevelopment will include one of the fastest WIFI networks in the world, which is already being rolled out at Flinders.

The state-of-the-art design for the new plaza and student hub reflects valuable input from students and staff.

“As Flinders University reflects on the past half-century and looks to celebrate our formal 50th Anniversary in 2016, we are creating a future with innovative teaching and learning environments that are responsive to changing student needs,” Professor Barber said.

The Plaza Redevelopment and Student Hub project is an integral part of the Flinders’ 50th Anniversary celebrations taking place over the next two years.

Discover more at http://flindersfuturefocus.flinders.edu.au/

Plaza and Student Hub (artist's impression)
Plaza and Student Hub (artist’s impression)
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Tamara Babij, Emeritus Professor Max Brennan, Vice-Chancellor Professor Michael Barber and Chancellor Stephen Gerlach
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