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Creating a distinct ‘campus character’ – Notre Dame unveils vision for West End
24 May 2017
The University of Notre Dame Australia has been given the go-ahead to create ‘a great place to study, live, work and visit’ in the heart of Fremantle’s historic West End.
The Notre Dame Urban Activation Plan, approved at a meeting of the Fremantle City Council yesterday (Wednesday, 24 May), is part of a long-term vision to create a clear and distinct ‘campus character’ for everyone, complete with interactive spaces and new commercial outlets.
The Plan builds on a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed between the University and the City of Fremantle in 2012. As part of the MOU, Notre Dame contributes $75,000 every year towards mutually-beneficial projects, of which $50,000 will now be set aside annually for the Notre Dame Urban Activation Plan.
Planned projects include:
- ‘Mouat Piazza’ adjacent to the corner of Croke and Mouat Streets, including the creation of an area with seating and trees, connecting the student-dedicated Prindiville Hall with adjacent Bateman’s Courtyard and the main University library;
- Improvements to the Vice Chancellery entry on Mouat Street, including the creation of a public ‘parklet’ with benches;
- Mouat Street / High Street intersection: street-front engagement through new commercial outlets; and
- ‘Gateway Park’ at Phillimore / Mouat Street intersection: planned upgrade to include benches and a charging station so visitors can use their electronic devices.
The activation projects will feature new paving, seating, lighting and shade structures, along with permanent, semi-permanent and temporary items, to improve functionality and create a relaxing environment nestled along some of Fremantle’s oldest streets.
In addition, the University is making available several ground floor spaces in the buildings it owns on High Street for new commercial outlets.
Public art or contributions to the City of Fremantle’s public art program may also be part of the Plan in the future and the University is supporting the High Tide Project planned for later this year.
The new developments will aim to further accentuate the historical significance of the West End, ensuring the single-lane roads and century-old buildings reflecting the city’s port history are preserved for future generations.
“As a town university, it makes sense for us to bring people from the centre of Fremantle down onto our Campus and allow our students to be part of the Fremantle community. This is a very important strategic direction that is of benefit for both the University and the City of Fremantle,” said Vice Chancellor, Professor Celia Hammond.
“Beginning with the University’s Prindiville Hall, the development sites along Mouat Street have been chosen to maximise public accessibility and further connect the West End with Fremantle city-centre.
“Prindiville Hall has been part of Notre Dame’s fabric since the University first opened in 1992. A former rope factory, Prindiville Hall has provided a dedicated space for student relaxation and recreation, and a home for the Student Association and Student Clubs. We’re delighted that a new student kitchen and an entrance for food trucks are some of the exciting new inclusions to this space.”
For more information, please visit www.nd.edu.au/prindivillehall.
Leigh Dawson: Tel (08) 9433 0569; Mob 0405 441 093; email@example.com