ANU Masterplan: Union Court and University Avenue


ANU Masterplan: Union Court and University Avenue

LocationCanberra, ACT
ClientAustralian National University
ServicesMaster Planning, Urban Design, Landscape Architecture
Site Area145 ha

The Australian National University Master Plan will guide the future development of Australia’s number one learning institution to 2030 and beyond. The master plan, developed in close collaboration with Civitas and Village Well, provides the framework for the physical growth and social development of the University’s urban core and considers all aspects of land use and their relationships to stakeholder and student needs.

The master plan will transform the campus into a place that attracts, delights and inspires people to perform at the very highest standards by enhancing the function and urban quality of the University. The plan breaks down current boundaries between the University and the adjacent Canberra CBD. The concept also improves connections within the campus for pedestrians and bicycles. The diversity of the landscape will be enhanced and new buildings will strengthen the campus structure and positively contribute to the social and academic life of the campus.

The natural landscape is a dominant feature of the 145 hectare campus, which is home to a rich diversity of native plant and animal species. Located adjacent to Black Mountain Nature Reserve and the Australian National Botanic Gardens, the campus is part of an ecological corridor for local biodiversity. Sullivans Creek will be transformed into an urban wetland alongside Union Court.

The master plan re-imagines Union Court and University Avenue to generate places that will inspire curiousity and discovery and create moments of surprise. The careful curation of intimate spaces will foster a new culture. The plan celebrates shared ownership and engagement with place, actively inviting organic change over time.