Weeden Lodge – Wing 4
The University of Canberra (UC) has again awarded the contract to convert an existing office building Cameron Wing 4, into student accommodation following on from the successful delivery of Wing 5 in 2012. The Cameron Wing 4 building is located in Belconnen not far from the University’s main campus. Students will be provided with a local bus service running directly to UC’s main campus. When complete in February 2014, Wing 4 will provide accommodation for approximately 250 students.
The adaptive reuse project will provide a modern student accommodation complex within an existing unique and significant heritage fabric. The project will provide a student accommodation facility in a nearby off campus setting to support the activities of the UC which has seen its student numbers grow by more than 35% since 2007.
Once the refurbishment is complete the 5 storey building will house up to 260 students, providing a range of accommodation options such as 1 and 2 bedroom studio apartments, 3, 4, & 5 bedroom apartments, and communal facilities including kitchenettes, laundries, break out study areas and recreational facilities in a safe and secure environment.
The major focus for the Cameron Offices project is heritage conservation, with the building being listed in 2005 as a Commonwealth heritage place. As part of the conservation plan the renovation will not compromise the buildings’ concrete structure, and any changes to the external colouring of the building will be kept consistent with the original colour pallet.