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The Crawley Campus is renowned for its heritage architecture and landscaped grounds.
Planning for the physical development of the campus while retaining its heritage significance is one challenge facing the University. The Crawley Campus Conservation Management Plan (CCCMP)2008 identifies all buildings, places and artworks of significance on campus and is to be considered as the definitive conservation manual for the campus. The CCCMP makes recommendations for their conservation where necessary, and indicates sensitive areas, which future development should acknowledge.
The various architectural styles present on the campus have been named in the CCCMP and it is accepted that diversity, rather than uniformity, will govern the future built environment. Where possible, examples of different styles will be retained to show the evolution of the campus over the past 100 years.
Some the University’s off-campus properties have heritage significance and examples of these styles will be retained where practicable. The Nedlands Park Masonic Hall in Broadway is one example.
All buildings and landscaped areas on the campus have been listed according to their heritage significance. The higher the degree of significance, the more care must be taken when alterations, extensions or refurbishments are carried out. Significance does not imply a building cannot be demolished or substantially altered. Procedures for monitoring such works are now in place and a conservation manual is being prepared for the guidance of University staff, consultants and contractors. Where necessary, guidance will be sought from a consulting heritage architect, landscape historian or art historian.
Significant vistas across the campus, which should be retained, have also been identified. For example, distant views of the campus and Winthrop Tower, and campus engagement with the river, should be maintained and enhanced.
As UWA’s Centenary approaches, there is continued support for the qualities of the campus and the value of its ongoing preservation. Many of the heritage features, such as Somerville Auditorium and the Sunken Garden , were bold developments for their time and were not part of any defined campus plan. It should always be possible to allow for the innovative, the accidental and the unexpected.