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New Scholar Accommodation Aims to Attract Brightest Minds

8 March 2018

An exciting new addition to the city’s landscape will help attract the world’s brightest minds to Western Australia.

The new development, known as Forrest Hall, has been designed to promote a stimulating and creative living environment for scholars and rising research stars attending Western Australian universities on Forrest Research Foundation Scholarships.

Designed by internationally renowned Kerry Hill Architects, Forrest Hall is earmarked to be built in a beautiful location over-looking the Swan River, at the corner of Mounts Bay Road and Hackett Drive.

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. $15 million 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.

Nicola Forrest said the design of Forrest Hall will complement UWA’s stunning campus while fitting in with the tranquillity of the Swan River.

“The views from Forrest Hall will be amazing. It is a modern building but the use of stone in its construction acknowledges UWA’s tradition and history. Most importantly, the new development has been designed with the purpose of attracting and inspiring top scholars in their academic pursuits while creating a space that enhances their on campus learning experience.”

The four-storey development will consist of around 33 self-catered one and two bedroom apartments, an outdoor terrace with river views, a multi-purpose room for seminars and functions, and undercroft car parking facilities.

UWA Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Johnson said Forrest Hall will be a stunning addition to The University of Western Australia’s campus.

“The vision of Andrew and Nicola Forrest to establish Forrest Hall, coupled with its wonderful location, will help attract the world’s most outstanding scholarship candidates,” Professor Johnson said.

Forrest Hall will also accommodate Forrest scholars studying at the other Western Australian Universities: Curtin, Murdoch, Edith Cowan University and Notre Dame.

Forrest Hall will open in March 2018.

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David Stacey (UWA Media Manager) (+61 8) 6488 3229 / (+61 4) 32 637 716