UWA student housing start

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Construction of a new $3 million housing facility for 20 higher education students in Albany has begun.

The new residence is being built alongside the existing accommodation and heritage buildings within the Norman House precinct on Stirling Terrace.

The construction is the first part of an expansion project that aims to provide an extra 60 beds in Albany for UWA students.

Project manager Graham Sivwright said the construction was expected to be finished next year.

“The first of the concrete pours are under way, earthworks have been happening for the past couple of weeks and prior to that was clearing the site,” he said

“It’s a 40-week build and at this stage it’s looking at being finished mid-January next year.

“Everything is on track at the moment.”

Mr Sivwright said the new buildings would fit with the surrounding heritage buildings in the precinct.

“They are two-storey accommodation units which do blend in with everything else around here,” he said.

“They’ve got a good-looking brick that matches in well.”

Great Southern Community Housing Association chairman Peter Adams said the new accommodation would provide for a wide range of services for students.

“To be provided the opportunity to develop two student housing facilities of such magnitude is truly outstanding ,” he said.

Great Southern Development Commission chairman Ross Thornton said the student housing would be-nefit the region via a variety of avenues.

“The Great Southern Regional Investment Blueprint envisages higher numbers of overseas students in higher education in the region, as well as increasing educational levels for regional residents,” he said.

“More engagement in higher education will add value to regional industry and the wider community.

“Starting the first stage of these buildings is an exciting moment and leads us to look forward to the full benefits of the completed project.”

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