EDGE Architectural Glazing Systems supplied internal balustrades as well as external ventilation louvres at Flinders University’s new flagship building in South Australia. The Tonsley redevelopment is set 2.5km city-wards from the main Flinders campus in Bedford Park.

Flinders University’s biggest investment to date, the new $120-million teaching and research facility designed by Hassell architects, offers 16,000 square metres of space over six storeys, housing 150 staff and 2000 students across several disciplines. The building incorporates two lecture theatres, several laboratories, computer rooms, collaborative areas, and a number of cafés and coffee counters.

Flinders University’s new building sits on a former Mitsubishi manufacturing plant, and incorporates much of the old structure into the design, partly for practical reasons. However, by placing its new centre for learning on a well-known manufacturing site, Flinders is also fostering its reputation for strong industry associations.

Designed to promote interaction and exchange between its occupants, the building features wide sweeping stairways connecting the various disciplines within the structure, with several large communal areas and shared spaces. Plenty of glass, both internally and externally, allows natural light and air to flow through into each room, creating an open and collaborative environment to suit an educational facility.

Tonsley centrally locates the University’s School of Computer Science, Engineering and Mathematics, with the Medical Device Research Institute and Centre for NanoScale Science and Technology, alongside some of Adelaide’s biggest businesses and industries.

EDGE supplied internal balustrades as well as external ventilation louvres, in conjunction with South Australian fabricator Aluco.

Image: Flinders University Tonsley raises its game