Four o'clock Forum: Revitalising Australian National University (A171011)

4:00pm Wednesday, 11 October 2017
6:00pm Wednesday, 11 October 2017
Palace Electric Cinemas
2 Phillip Law Street NewActon Nishi - Cinema 1
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2600

Union Court has represented the retail and services core of the Australian National University since the 1970’s.  Commencing in 2013 with preliminary consultation, an urban design framework for a comprehensive redevelopment of Union Court/University Avenue has now been completed.  Construction is underway on Stage 1 of what promises to be a reinvigorated hub, enhancing connectivity with Civic and offering a mix of learning, retail and services, living, carparking and cultural and social facilities, all located on a new ground plane designed to deliver a new experience of “life between the buildings”.

 With a new GFA of approximately 55,000 sqm GFA and redeveloped public realm of approx. 35,000 sqm the redevelopment is set to encompass:

  • New student accommodation facilities (450 beds)
  • Recreation facilities including new indoor swimming pool and gymnasium
  • Expanded health and wellness services
  • Amalgamated student administration and services hub
  • Redeveloped retail and services space
  • New multi-function culture and events spaces
  • Extensive public realm and recreation areas including an amphitheatre on the bank of Sullivans Creek.
  • Underground car parking (400 cars)

 With completion due in early 2019, the Union Court redevelopment will create a world class community precinct and reposition the ANU campus in the context of Canberra and Civic.

Registrations for this event will close Monday 9 October 2017, so please register prior to the close of business on this day to avoid disappointment.



Read more about the Presenters

Phil Heaney
Founding Director, RMS Projects (Aust) 

With 47 years public works, project and property experience, Phil has been a change leader and manager across a range of disciplines in Canada and Australia.

Over the past decade he has been a key figure in catalysing the progression to sustainable, sensitive, yet high performing project outcomes across many leading edge, complex retail and town centre projects. Past property projects include:

  • Woden Plaza (2000),
  • Erina Fair (2002)
  • Macarthur Square (2004)
  • Newcastle City Centre (2007)
  • Rouse Hill Town Centre (2008)
  • Charlestown Square (2010)

Sam Jordan
Director, RMS Projects (Aust)

With over 15 years property experience across multiple disciplines, Sam brings a particular focus garnered by experience in large and complex retail and mixed use projects, organisational change management, driving corporate innovation and founding new business start-ups. Projects/initiatives include:

  • Rouse Hill Town Centre (2008)
  • Newcastle City Centre (2009)
  • Charlestown Square (2010)
  • Leader of Organisational Change Project (The GPT Group 2011)
  • Leader of Design Driven Innovation (The GPT Group 2013)
  • Leader of launch of Space&Co. (The GPT Group 2013)


3:45pmRegistration opens
4:00pmForum commences
5:30pmPresentation concludes, followed by canapes and drinks
6:00pmForum finishes

Registration Fees (inc GST)

API Member$64
API Student Member$48

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Attendance at this event accrues 1.5 CPD points.


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