The University is proposing to build Forrest Hall, an exciting accommodation development on campus that has been designed to attract post-doctoral students and academics to Western Australia.
The new development will be a stunning addition to the UWA campus and has been designed to promote a stimulating and creative living environment for scholars and rising research stars.
Forrest Hall will enhance the collegiate environment through an appealing, tranquil and stimulating design of architectural significance, whilst enhancing and respecting the quality of the campus, St Georges College, and the natural beauty of the adjacent Swan River.
The construction of the student accommodation close to campus supports the needs of students and the University's long-term goal to be amongst the top 50 universities in the world by 2050. It will also accommodate Forrest scholars studying at the other Western Australian Universities: Curtin University, Murdoch University, Edith Cowan University and The University of Notre Dame.
Forrest Hall has been made possible by the philanthropic donation of Andrew and Nicola Forrest, who in 2013, made the largest single donation in Australian history of $65 million to attract the best minds to Western Australia. $15 million of this donation has been provided for Forrest Hall, with the remaining $50 million to be used to establish the Forrest Research Foundation, to fund scholarships and postdoctoral fellowships across all five WA universities.
Forrest Hall will feature:
- A four-storey development with around 33 high-quality, modern self-catering one and two bed apartments
- Ground floor common areas including an outdoor terrace with river views
- Beautifully landscaped grounds with pedestrian access through to the river, for both residents and the local community to enjoy
- Undercroft car parking facilities
Forrest Hall is proposed for the corner of Mounts Bay Road and Hackett Drive. The location is aligned with the University's vision for the development of its Crawley campus, outlined in the Crawley Campus Plan 2010.
The University appointed internationally renowned Kerry Hill Architects to design Forrest Hall. Kerry Hill is one of UWA's first graduates of Architecture.
Forrest Hall will form an integral part of the UWA Crawley campus as the key north-eastern gateway site to the campus at the intersection of Hackett Drive and Mounts Bay Road.
The proposed design recognises the significance of this location both to UWA and the wider Perth community. Careful consideration has been given to the various views of and through the site, and by carefully arranging the massing of the building, views of Winthrop Tower will be maintained from both Mounts Bay Road and the Swan River. The proposed development also respects the existing views towards the river from the adjacent University colleges along Mounts Bay Road.
The University of Western Australia is immediately identifiable by its sandstone buildings. Forrest Hall is a key building within the development of the Crawley campus and it will continue this traditional use of stone.
The formal arrangement of the design ensures that each of the scholars' apartments will have their own individual balcony and a view of the Swan River. To the northwest the apartments are screened from the traffic on Mounts Bay Road through the use of permeable masonry and green walls.
Forrest Hall will be affiliated with St. George's College which will provide some pastoral care facilities. As such the design manifests this connection through the orientation of its entry and a large glazed opening to the proposed library with views north towards the southern facade of St. George's.
The ground plane is activated by locating all public functions at ground level. The multi-function room, student lounge, library and resource centre are all located within close proximity of the main entrance. These functions are grouped around a cloister that evokes the academic character of the building typology.
The landscape design takes a minimal and contemporary approach to spaces and materials selection, utilising a clean and simple palette to create an appropriate modern and minimalist style which complements the architecture of Forrest Hall. A combination of exposed aggregate paving, granite benches, decorative gravels and native ornamental trees, creates a sophisticated and elegant setting for visiting and resident scholars.
Three accessible apartment units have been provided as part of this development. An elevator connects the lower ground parking with all levels and is in close proximity to the main stairs to access all apartment floors.
Community access - Swan River
The University appreciates that the community enjoys accessing the Swan River and the design respects the need to maintain access for everyone. Members and visitors of the dinghy and rowing clubs will continue to have access to their sites under existing arrangements.
The University submitted a development application to the City of Perth in September 2015. Following approvals, it is anticipated construction will start mid-2016, and Forrest Hall will be ready for semester one, 2018.
New scholar accommodation aims to attract brightest minds - Monday 21 September 2015.