Flinders University sought to create a place at Tonsley where its students could interact with businesses, and where businesses could interact with university researchers in areas such as engineering and computer science.
Creating a Vibrant and Sustainable Place
The first of three staged developments at the former Mitsubishi Motors manufacturing site, the Flinders University Computer Science, Engineering and Mathematics Building is the centerpiece of the Tonsley Innovation District. Tonsley is located just 10 km from Adelaide’s CBD with a direct rail link and a non-stop corridor. While it started out as a car factory, it is being reborn as a major employment and education hub interspersed with community spaces and contemporary living options.
The building is situated close to companies with advanced manufacturing capabilities and services, helping to encourage closer industry and university collaboration.
Designed for Maximum Flexibility
Our team designed the building using a fully coordinated Building Information Modelling (BIM) system with Revit software. The mixed-use space includes teaching rooms, lecture theatres, office and administration areas, laboratories, a clean room and a physical containment (PC) class 2 laboratory, plus informal social spaces. The design embraces current pedagogy, technology and flexibility. It ensures Flinders University has leading-edge teaching, research and collaboration spaces that it can reconfigure to cater for changing needs for many decades to come.
Urban Renewal for a New Entrepreneurial Era
As a focal point on the Tonsley urban renewal site, the Computer Science, Engineering and Mathematics Building signified the start of a new campus for Flinders University. The multi-award-winning building is the place for entrepreneurial projects, start-ups and research collaborations between students, staff and industry professionals.
Today, the Tonsley Innovation District continues to evolve. In 2017, the suburb of ‘Tonsley’ was officially recognised and the revitalisation of the area is expected to continue until 2027.