Grounds And Master Plan | Trinity College

Grounds and Master Plan

Trinity is committed to providing a modern and sustainable campus for its students and staff whilst at the same time maintaining its heritage buildings and grounds for the benefit of future generations.

Grounds Master Plan

In 2008, landscape architect firm John Patrick Pty Ltd, prepared a grounds master plan for the future development of Trinity College’s grounds and gardens. This plan segments the grounds into 13 precincts to allow for staged implementation. It reflects the heritage and cultural significance of the College, addresses environmental and sustainability issues, and provides short and long term visions for the development of the grounds.

The development of the plan will cost several million dollars over the next couple of years and the College will continue to need the support of its many alumni and friends to ensure the College is developed in its most sustainable form for the future.

The implementation of the new grounds master plan began in 2009 with the installation of an 800,000-litre water tank under the Bulpadock (the central grassed area in the College), which now provides approximately one-third of the College grounds’ watering supply. The project also involved re-turfing the Bulpadock with drought-resistant turf.

In 2010, development of the grounds master plan continued with the following projects:

  • landscaping the Theological School (OWL) and the south side of the Chapel
  • redeveloping the Behan Car Park
  • re-surfacing the ‘Bowling Green’ at the northern end of the Bulpadock
  • connecting the in-ground water tanks to the storm water pit west to harvest an additional 200,000 litres of rainwater
  • developing a plan for the College’s review to plant trees around the Bulpadock
  • completing the bicycle parking master plan to provide safe and secure bicycle parking at the College. 

Master Plan

In September 2007, the Board commissioned architect Peter Elliott to conduct a full review of the existing College master plan. This review involved extensive College-wide consultations and now serves as a blueprint to help the College provide the best possible facilities for all students and staff.

2010 Building Projects completed include:

  • refurbishment of Cowan bathrooms, laundries, toilets, showers, tutor rooms and corridors
  • redevelopment design of the Dining Hall – the Board approved proceeding with the design development and contract documentation stages in 2011
  • refurbishment works to Jeopardy bathrooms, laundries, toilets, showers, corridors and stairs, including ecologically sustainable design initiatives
  • condition survey reports for the Chapel and the Leeper Building with proposed works to commence in 2011.

Other key significant projects completed include:

  • improvements to collaboration rooms and lecture theatre in the Evan Burge Building
  • introduction of sustainability initiatives to reduce energy consumption and the College’s footprint; installing dual flush cisterns, energy saving globes and check meters on residential buildings
  • installation of an organ humidifier in the Chapel to protect the organ
  • upgrading existing College signage
  • refurbishment of 65 Royal Parade into a residential accommodation facility housing senior and graduate students.

Past Projects

Projects completed in 2009 included:

  • redevelopment of the Theological School (OWL) including renovation of the existing building and the addition of a new wing on the west side
  • feasibility study for a proposed Performing Arts Centre.

Projects completed in 2008 included:

  • official opening of the Gourlay Building, Trinity’s first new residential building in more than 40 years
  • relocation of the Information Technology department to the Evan Burge Building to consolidate all Information Services functions in the one building
  • renovation and upgrade of teaching and staff facilities in the Foundation Studies Centre at 29–35 Royal Parade
  • refurbishment of 20 of the smallest student rooms in the Behan and Jeopardy buildings.