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    Kerry Hill's WA University project goes ahead courtesy of $65 million donation

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    Construction will begin soon on a new development at The University of Western Australia designed to provide a stimulating living environment for students.

    Designed by the internationally renowned Kerry Hill Architects, The Forrest Hall project will be built in a beautiful location overlooking the Swan River, at the corner of Mounts Bay Road and Hackett Drive. 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.

    The development has been made possible by the philanthropic donation of Andrew and Nicola Forrest, who in 2013, made the single largest donation in Australian history of $65 million. Forrest Hall will accommodate scholars and rising research stars attending Western Australian universities on Forrest Research Foundation Scholarships.

    Of the $65 million donation, $15 million has been allocated 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. Though the design will be modern, the use of stone in its construction will acknowledge UWA’s tradition and history.

    She added that 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. He is confident that 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.

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

    Construction is expected to start mid-2016 for completion by semester one 2018.

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