Australia’s campus master plans: How to stay on top of the latest trends
Universities have seen incredible growth in campus design innovation over the last seven to eight years. But in the wake of reduced funding from government, growth in student numbers and changing urban environments, planning and design has taken a sharp turn. Financial sustainability is defining future projects, with even greater pressures on the need to balance cost reductions and asset management with growth, brand, as well as the attraction and retention of students and staff. A master planning review of Australia’s Group of Eight (Go8) universities was recently conducted by HASSELL, as well as a separate report on international universities. Both reviews examined how drivers of change are impacting campus development strategies, and issued a series of recommendations for Australian universities based on several prominent themes. How can the campus deliver value and prove its worth at the same time? At the last Campus Development conference, Adam Davies, Principal at HASSELL and the lead specialist for these two reviews, shared exclusive insight into the findings. In this article, we explore drivers for change identified in both reviews and how they correlate to several important themes influencing campus masterplans.