It’s the heart of the ANU campus and a place everyone has a view about. Some days Union Court is a crowded, colourful centre of the community; other days it can be a vast windswept space.
Consultations will look at potential for revitalising and redeveloping the precinct from Childers Avenue to Sullivans Creek into new learning, teaching, and entertainment and a community facility hub for the ANU community. An urban design process to establish a preliminary design is currently underway and staff, students and tenants of the surrounding buildings will be able to have their say on what a redeveloped Union Court might look like.
Preliminary consultations with staff and student representatives over the past eighteen months have resulted in some early ideas for a revitalised Union Court that include:
- an updated library;
- new teaching facilities and event spaces;
- a one-stop shop for student services;
- new shops, cafes, restaurants and services, including a new childcare centre;
- expansion of health and wellbeing services;- a redefined Fellows Oval;
- more accommodation for students, including townhouses and apartments for postgraduate scholars and academic staff;
- facilities for ANU Enterprise, including a start up space for new projects, and;
- extra administration space.
Community consultation will feed into a master plan to be released in mid-2015 that will include design, cost estimates, possible external funding sources and an architectural design for the precinct. A full proposal will then go to the University Council who will decide, likely by the end of 2015, if a Union Court revitalisation will proceed.