Sod turned on Melbourne’s Collingwood campus transformation

Artist’s impression: Melbourne Polytechnic Collingwood Campus Otter Street view of new entrance building, designed by Tectura Architects.

A sod turning event has marked the start of the $40 million transformation of Melbourne Polytechnic’s Collingwood campus.

Member for Richmond, Richard Wynne MP led the event on October 18, unveiling artistic impressions of the campus, which is expected to open by early 2024.

Melbourne Polytechnic Chief Executive, Frances Coppolillo said, “Melbourne Polytechnic has been providing education and training to the Collingwood community and Melbourne’s inner north since around 1910. We are a part of the community’s history and remain committed to its future.”

“The project will breathe new life into this campus. It will provide much-needed future-focussed education and training opportunities for the community and contribute to the vibrancy of the dynamic Collingwood precinct.”

The revitalised campus will offer new facilities and a contemporary space for TAFE, with a focus on improving employment outcomes in priority areas and building skills for the future.

The project is funded as part of the Victorian Government’s $220 million Building Better TAFEs Fund, dedicated to upgrading TAFE campuses and buildings.

Under the project plan – designed by Tectura Architects – the existing multi-storey building will be redeveloped to include teaching and learning spaces, contemporary collaboration and library spaces, front-of-house services, café and student services.

The Collingwood campus will offer courses in growth areas, including information technology, business, creative arts and English as a Second Language (EAL). It will also offer free TAFE courses in areas including community services and cyber security.

Construction work has now commenced and is led by Head Contractor, Building Engineering of West Melbourne.

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