Construction work will start in April on the $35 million second stage of the University of Western Australia’s Forrest Hall, with local building firm Jaxon appointed to carry out the works.
Early works are under way, with CIVCON carrying out earthworks and relocating water, gas and electricity utilities to allow for the main building works to commence.
A UWA spokesperson said the second stage of the building would be of a similar scale to the existing Forrest Hall, which was also built by Jaxon and opened in March 2018.
Designed by Kerry Hill Architects, Forrest Hall is a residential college at the forefront of UWA’s strategy to attract the world’s best researchers to the state.
City of Perth Local Development Assessment Panel documents indicate the second stage has a construction cost of $35 million.
The project will comprise nine scholar accommodation rooms, 65 short-stay rooms, and office space on the banks of the Swan River, adjacent to UWA’s Crawley campus.
Forrest Hall will also accommodate recipients of the Forrest Scholarship and UWA’s fellowship programs.
Jaxon is expected to complete the second stage by the end of 2021.