Update: Matheson Library and Forum works

There's so much to look forward to next semester when the library refurbishment is completed and all corners of the Sir Louis Matheson Library are opened. On top of that, the Forum, that area between the library and the Menzies Building, will look beautifully landscaped and will have a decked area, lawn, boardwalks...


This week landscaping works will commence on the Forum. It will complement the new library entrance, and create a contemporary, central and ceremonial space.

We know you love to be in the library, your 'study bubble', but we're pretty sure you'll appreciate the new open courtyard and decked space for informal study and relaxation.

The whole area will have larger walkways, integrated boardwalks and better lighting. Fresh lawn and new native plants will reinvigorate the landscape and establish it as a welcoming outdoor community space.

A new cascading water feature will form the centrepiece of the landscape. This will act as a natural stormwater treatment and harvesting system to filter water into major underground storage tanks for sustainable landscape irrigation.

To allow landscaping works to progress, sections of the Forum will be hoarded off. This may affect access to the Matheson Library from the Campus Centre via Chancellors Walk. Wayfinding and directional signage will be in place throughout each project stage to help guide pedestrians.

Given the central location of the Forum, we are keenly aware of the impacts these landscaping works will have on neighbouring building occupants and the broader campus community. We will endeavour to keep impacts to a minimum, continue to closely monitor noise levels, and will keep you informed of anticipated changes and disruptions.

For more information contact bpd-feedback@monash.edu.
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