Monash University – Staff Club

Client: Monash University

A shot of urban coffee culture transforms Monash University’s staff club into a vibrant hub


The Project

Despite being a valued retreat for staff, research students and alumni on the Clayton campus, aging facilities and a dated menu resulted in declining demand for the Staff Club.

Strategically located on campus, the Club has been transformed to a vibrant social hub boasting a licensed bar and dining room, lounge and meeting rooms for staff, as well as a destination coffee house known as Victa & Hoist.

As part of the progressive implementation of the campus-side master plan, the redevelopment of the Building 50 presented an opportunity to revitalise the Staff Club with dramatically enhanced facilities and an inner urban vibe, with the bar and dining underpinned by an established destination brand to create a vibrant activity hub for students and retreat for staff and researchers on campus.

The JCB-designed Staff Club and café operated by the St Ali Group now brings artisanal coffee and inventive brunches and lunches to campus.

Our Role

Working with the precinct planning team, Maytrix undertook a review of the Clayton campus Staff Club to identify opportunities to reinvigorate and revitalise the aging Staff Club facilities. Uniquely situated with a landscaped outdoor aspect, Maytrix identified an opportunity to reposition the facilities through attracting interest and investment from experienced destination operators.

A well scoped Specification and targeted procurement process appointed renown operator and coffee specialists Salvatore Malatesta. Working closely through the design planning, Maytrix facilitated the planning and redesign of the staff Club to achieve a significantly enhanced Staff Club, together with a vibrant café and student hub on campus.

With Building 50 strategically located at the intersection of key cross campus pedestrian routes, considered planning maximised the location of the Staff Club to deliver key staff services and create a signature vibrant inner urban student hub on campus.

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