Creating an integrated series of outdoor spaces at the University of Tasmania's Inveresk campus is about to take shape.
Landscaping work will soon start with The Baker Group being awarded a $6.8 million contract to carry out the landscaping transformation.
Pro Vice-Chancellor Professor Dominic Geraghty said the project - designed by landscape architects Realm Studios - has allowed UTAS to create new spaces for learning and community engagement.
Half of the existing Inveresk circular car park will be repurposed and permanently closed to enable the development, with spaces available in the new northern car park, off Forster Street, to support precinct users.
The remainder of the circle car park will still be available for commuter parking, including those using the Tiger Bus service and visitors to the Inveresk precinct.
The overhaul also includes the development of a food and community garden, large recreation space, pulingina milaythina welcoming space and muliti-use spaces for gatherings, teaching and events.
A central walkway will link the precinct to the city via the new pedestrian and cycle bridge over the North Esk River.
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"These spaces will enable a broad range of new experiences at Inveresk to be developed, in collaboration with local organisations and people who use the precinct. Whether it be cultural, sporting, creative or an educational focus, we are creating shared places which are open and welcoming for all ages," Professor Geraghty said.
Whether it be cultural, sporting, creative or an educational focus, we are creating shared places which are open and welcoming for all ages.Professor Dominic Geraghty
Professor Geraghty said the project has involved a co-design approach with a focus on accessibility, inclusion and sustainability.
He said using Tasmanian-sourced materials and labour has been prioritised.
The Baker Group general manager Nigel Baker said up to 30 workers would be used to bring the plans to fruition.
Landscaping work will start this month and will be completed in early 2022.