A new residential hall is being built within the heart of Kambri. When completed in February 2019, it will add 450 beds to the ANU accommodation portfolio.
The hall is being built with sustainability in mind. It is the first student residence in Australia to be built with cross laminated timber, an engineered wood that is making the construction of timber buildings a reality. Timber is the only truly renewable structural material available for construction and its use is reducing the carbon footprint of Kambri significantly.
As well as going up faster than buildings made from other materials, timber buildings generate better internal air quality and require fewer wifi repeaters. Some of the timber will be exposed throughout the new accommodation providing a natural feel to the environment.
Residents will also enjoy the benefit of living in the heart of campus, enjoying the close proximity of the cafes and restaurants that will add vibrancy to the community. All 450 single rooms will be modern and flexible, allowing students to orientate the furniture in their room to suit their preferred living arrangement.
The residence itself is well equipped to develop and support the communal and social nature of life between its walls. Each floor has its own common room that captures the sun from every angle and provides students with a beautiful view over campus, the city and Black Mountain.
It also boasts ground floor and first floor lounges, study rooms, a computer room, music room and several multi-purpose rooms, which all help create a connected student community.
The new residential hall is self-catered with a large communal kitchen for students to create meals together or independently whenever they like. Kambri's design also means they will have access to a nearby supermarket that will located in the new precinct as one of Kambri's new retailers.
As is the case with the University's other halls, this accommodation facility further develops the strong residential focus of ANU with the traditional pastoral model of a Head of Hall, Senior Residents (SRs) and Community Coordinators (CCs). These leaders will all work closely with the resident committee and resident committee president to ensure the students are safe, supported and can make the most of their time in residence.