Transforming University Avenue

11 January 2018

Work continues to bring a revitalised Union Court and University Avenue precinct to the ANU community.

Throughout 2018, work will be undertaken along the Childers Street end of University Avenue to deliver a spectacular gateway into ANU.

Landscape design

As part of the upgrade, new trees and shrubs will flank either side of University Avenue to provide increased shade for the community to enjoy.

New species of trees will include Quercus palustris 'Freefall', a Pin Oak, and Eucalyptus polyanthemos, or what is commonly known as a Red Box gum tree.

The trees will be planted in alternate pairs along the avenue, reflecting the Indigenous and European history of the site while producing shade in summer and allowing sunlight through in winter, creating great places for the community to socialise.

The design will also include rainwater harvesting gardens at the base of the trees, which will play an important role in filtering stormwater before it is returned to Sullivans Creek.

Director of Major Projects, Robert Hitchcock, says as a result of these works a number of trees will need to be removed, including trees that are nearing the end of their life

"The work will involve a significant amount of excavation and re-grading, and is necessary to bring the site to a single level, creating greater accessibility for all people," he said.

"But some healthy trees with high heritage value are being retained, including five large cedar trees."

On time

The Union Court Revitalisation project is on schedule to deliver a dramatically new and exciting University experience in the beginning of 2019.

As can be seen from the project time lapse a substantial amount of work has already been achieved including the demolition of the old buildings, including site levelling for the new buildings as well as the relocation of underground utilities in the area.

"The next milestone for the project will be to build a suspended structure above the basement car park, with the structure becoming the new ground level," Robert said.

The revitalised precinct will also feature:

  • state-of-the-art teaching and learning facilities
  • environmentally-sustainable student accommodation
  • new health and recreational facilities, including a six-lane 25-metre pool
  • a culture and events centre with large and small auditoriums, a new cinema for the ANU Film Club and a student theatre
  • food, café, bar and retail services with extended trading hours, and
  • a centralised student services hub and building for student groups and societies.

We understand that the construction phase of the Union Court Revitalisation project will be disruptive and thank you for your patience during this time.

To assist with changes to campus next year, the revitalisation team will provide updated maps and videos throughout 2018.

For any questions or concerns on the temporary disruptions, email