Located on the edge of Launceston’s Inveresk Railway Workshops heritage precinct, two 3-storied parallel wings of UTAS Inveresk student apartments are raised above the adjacent flood prone North Esk River’s 100-year flood level. The residence consists of 120 self-contained National Rental Affordability Scheme (NRAS) apartments and common spaces designed to promote opportunities for interpersonal interaction and learning in the globalised information age. Each compact apartment has a fully appointed kitchenette, open bedroom / study area and private bathroom. Environmentally sustainable design (ESD) principles achieve optimal solar orientation for all the apartments, user comfort, a healthy environment, energy and resource efficiencies, and lifecycle cost savings. Innovative pre-fabricated modular lightweight timber technology that supports a sustainable Tasmanian timber industry was devised for its construction combined with use of structural cross-laminated timber (CLT).