UWA Currie Hall Student Accommodation

Project Description

NS Projects was engaged by the University of Western Australia (UWA) early in 2011, to assist with confirming market demand, determining the feasibility and advising on the delivery strategy for the redevelopment of the Currie Hall Campus. UWA was successful in obtaining federal funding for 1000 student accommodation units under the National Rental Affordability Scheme (NRAS), with the condition that the units be completed by January 2013.  The project involved 500 student accommodation units to be provided at the Currie Hall campus, with a further 500 to be provided at an alternative UWA campus.

Our Role

NS Projects provided a range of services to UWA including market analysis to determine rental potential and optimum balance of units, project management advice with determining suitable delivery strategies, preparation and assessment of the expression of interest and tender documents for the principal contractor, utilising a design and construct delivery approach to maximise the opportunity of meeting the January 2013 deadline.

Challenges Overcome

  • The tight time frame for completion of units required a fast turn-around on the procurement documents and an innovative procurement strategy involving two shortlisted consortia developing concept designs and cost submissions in tandem. Ultimately the contract was awarded to Probuild and works commenced on site by October 2011.
  • A high profile project involving multiple stakeholders and effective communication management. Close liaison with existing Campus management required, with site to be fully operational throughout the project.
  • Strict design review process undertaken to ensure a high quality bid was received from the winning consortium. Close integration of end user groups and stakeholders including Head of Currie Hall, Dean of School of Architecture, and other key UWA stakeholders.

Project Details

  • Name: UWA Currie Hall Student Accommodation
  • Type: Residential
  • Client: University of Western Australia
  • Date: January – June 2011
  • Role: Project Manager
  • Value: $85 million

Key Outcomes

  • Fast track innovative procurement process completed in order to meet tight deadline for NRAS funding purposes.
  • High quality design solution achieved.
  • Tenders received within budget and target programme.
  • Development of a design that maximise the commercial returns for UWA.