The Daniel Mannix Building


A pioneering, 6 Star Green Star, landmark education facility

The Daniel Mannix Building is the centrepiece of the Australian Catholic University’s St. Patrick’s Campus in Melbourne. The building offers approximately 13,000m² of occupied space covering collaborative teaching, learning, and research areas for Nursing, Midwifery, Exercise Science, Psychology, and Occupational Therapy.

The building was designed using industry leading practices in architecture, engineering, sustainability and audio visual.


Turner & Townsend Thinc worked very closely with the university, architect, and greater design team to develop a building that achieves excellence both in efficiency, functional planning, and sustainability outcomes.

The team worked hand-in-hand with the project town planner to progress the project through planning and State approvals. We led the contractor procurement process and acted as Superintendent’s Representative under the building contract. We also managed the procurement of all furniture, specialist equipment, and audio visual / IT systems in conjunction with the Head of School and according to the project budget.

A key role undertaken by Turner & Townsend Thinc included continuous consultation with the major project stakeholders and user groups to clearly define the space necessities and requirements. The team also ensured effective project governance through the life of the development and that consultation was coordinated between the various project representatives.

In the lead up to completion of the new building, we worked closely with the Universities Sustainability Department and Campus Operations team to identify and address the change management required by the building end-users.


The Daniel Mannix Building’s design integrates very successfully with its locale. The embedded heritage features of the building ensure it ‘fits’ with the neighboring Brunswick Street and Victoria Parade Street fronts.

The design of the building included particular consideration for the tertiary user groups and consultation with students and teachers enabled the optimum use of the space to be achieved. The 70% floor efficiency in occupied space over the total footprint has been benchmarked as being one of the highest in Australia and the space provide exceptional performance relative to sustainability outcomes.

The building achieves excellence in ESD initiatives and was awarded a 6 Star, World’s Best Practice Rating in design, for which the core sustainable principals were also incorporated into the methodology of the construction process.

The building houses a new University Chapel – which has been designed in close consultation with the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne – a roof-top garden, and a shared gym. As part of the works a communal forecourt/plaza was also developed connecting the building and acting as a campus integrated gateway.

The Daniel Mannix Building is a true pioneer in the educational sector on a national scale. Turner & Townsend Thinc continues to be involved with the university, delivering improvements to the urban landscape around the campus.