Construction of JCU’s new $54 million Townsville student accommodation complex is due to start next month, led by Hutchinson Builders.
The ‘Hutchies’ Townsville team has won a competitive tender process to build the seven-storey accommodation complex.
The 10,000sq m building will house more than 400 students and includes communal facilities such as a centralised, self-catered kitchen and dining space.
It will be located on Mount Stuart St, adjacent to the university’s Technology Innovation Complex.
It’s expected the project will create about 150 construction jobs, with an estimated 85 per cent of subcontractors and suppliers locally sourced.
Deputy Vice Chancellor for Services and Resources Tricia Brand said the student accommodation complex was a crucial element of the renewal of the Townsville campus and the first construction project in TropiQ, Townsville’s Tropical Intelligence & Health Precinct.
“We know this building will be a major drawcard for students who are looking to live on campus. It will offer high quality accommodation, and contribute to a more vibrant and dynamic campus for our students,” Ms Brand said.
Site preparations have already begun and construction is expected to begin next month. The building will open to students in Semester One, 2022.
The Federal Government has committed $46 million from its Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) to build the student accommodation on the University’s Townsville Campus. JCU will invest more than $8 million in the project.