Master Builder of the Year | National 2016 | Victoria 2016, 2017
PROJECTS | Victoria

University of Melbourne VCA Police Stables Redevelopment

Value

$14M

Client

The University of Melbourne

Consultants

Kerstin Thompson Architects
Donald Cant Watts Corke

Kane was awarded the $14M Lump Sum VCA Police Stables Redevelopment in October 2016.

The VCA Police Stables project involved the restoration of the former Victoria Police mounted branch horse stables to provide new accommodation for The Victorian College of Arts (VCA).

The building provides under-graduate and graduate studio space for wall based practices such as painting and drawing. The building delivers a range of adaptable and flexible installation, exhibition and performance spaces including academic, administration offices and front of house spaces. It also integrates the School of Art with the University of Melbourne’s Southbank Campus in particular with Dodds Street and the eastern courtyard.

Critical components of the design include conserving the site’s cultural and built heritage under Heritage Victoria guidance, incorporating ESD systems and design strategies to meet the University of Melbourne’s campus-wide sustainability targets and to achieve a 5-star Green Star Design & As-built rating. 

The project scope included:

  • Partial restoration of the building to its original condition
  • New services installed throughout
  • Refurbishment of the stables, octagon and riding school
  • Installation of new external pavements and a new external canopy
  • Coordination and installation of the performance space lighting rig, curtain system and technical equipment

This project was delivered in an operational environment and reached Practical Completion in the first quarter of 2018.