Development of a new facility for the ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

New state-of-the-art building for ANU Research School of Social Sciences

The Research School of Social Sciences (RSSS) is currently spread across 10 different buildings on the University campus. To bring RSSS together into one physical space, the University plans to build a new collaborative and multidisciplinary research and education environment on the site where the Pauline Griffin Building currently sits.

This six storey building – due for completion by the end of 2019 – will enable the RSSS community to continue to find creative solutions to Australia’s current and future social, political and economic challenges.

The new RSSS building will feature around 12,000m² of space, consisting of quality office space as well as dedicated learning and public forum areas, seminar and lecture rooms and an auditorium.

It has been designed as a ‘building in the park,’ utilising materials such as timber, glass and concrete to exude a timeless quality while being able to adapt to future workplace, teaching and learning advancements.

Status Update

The building structure works are ongoing, with level 3 slab poured mid of February 2019. By the end of February 2019, the north-face of the new building will reach level 4. Increased activity will be occurring on site over the next few weeks.

As part of the works, a palm tree along the southern side of the site is to be relocated to the opposite side of the path. The relocation of the palm is to ensure maintenance of the avenue of palms along the pedestrian/bike route. The works will take place on Thursday 21 February 2019 and be completed by Friday 22 February 2019. There may be some disruptions to pedestrian/cyclist access to the area.

The moving of the palm has been discussed and coordinated with F&S Gardens and Grounds and reviewed by the arborist responsible for the move. The Australian National University has received statutory approvals to move this palm in works associated with the project. All necessary care will be taken to ensure the long term survival of this tree and others.

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