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If you’ve been anywhere near the Australian National University (ANU) recently you would have noticed quite a lot of construction going on.
It’s all part of a fresh look for the campus, with the new Kambri precinct taking centre stage. Taking over the space previously occupied by Union Court, Kambri seeks to combine elements of campus life, services and shops that can support ANU’s growing community in a modern village setting.
ANU has taken measures to ensure that the ACT’s four Indigenous communities are represented in this new build, with elders from the Little Gudgenby River Tribal Council, Buru Ngunawal Aboriginal Corporation, King Brown Tribal Group and the Ngarigu Currawong Clan gifting the name Kambri – ‘meeting place – to the ANU in solidarity.
Opening Thursday 7 February, visitors can expect a complete transformation of the precinct, with Kambri divided into two distinct spaces – The Lane and The Lawn.
The Lane is reminiscent of the current ANU Pop Up, with hawker-style street food and a focus on natural, metallic and raw materials. Here you will find campus necessities like the Commonwealth Bank, the Campus Bakery and the University Pharmacy but also modern Korean restaurant Gangnam Lane, Urban by Asian Tiger, What the Pho, and bubble tea masters Chatime.
The Lawn will be ANU’s version of a town square, with an amphitheatre and extensive landscaping for major events and campus meet-ups. However, the indoor/outdoor precinct has been designed to be more than just a meet-up spot, with plenty of options for student eats, including Broger Burger, healthy fare at Green with NV and all the coffee you need at The Coffee Lab, Rex Espresso and Juicy Beans. STA Travel and UniSuper will also be on hand.
ANU has also teamed up with Woden’s charming Harry Hartog bookstore as the on-campus literary hub selling university merchandise as well as their excellent selection of new and used books. And if you’ve been missing good old ANU Bar, you’ll be delighted to hear that Badger and Co will take over as the new on-campus watering hole.
But Kambri isn’t all about shops and food – it also offers the full package when it comes to health and wellbeing with the opening of a state-of-the-art medical facility that will provide the campus with GPs, nurses, psychologists and counsellors. This will be located next to a full-service Club Lime gym, complete with 25-metre pool, spa, sauna and steam room, as well as group fitness classes.