Location

The Park Avenue Building (lot 40 Mounts Bay Road) is located on the corner of Park Avenue and Crawley Avenue. The site is bound by Mounts Bay Road to the south, is used for a variety of purposes by UWA, and is comprised of a number of buildings.

Site access is via Poole Avenue and Park Avenue (off Thomas Street) and via Crawley Avenue (off Mounts Bay Road).

Built in 1925, the Park Avenue Building was the first permanent building constructed for the University, and is listed on the State Register of Heritage Places.

The site includes the former residence of the UWA Vice-Chancellor and currently accommodates UWA Podiatry Clinic, the WA Heritage Memorial and the Perth Festival team.

The 2020 UWA Crawley Campus Masterplan highlighted an urgent need for substantial investment in the Crawley/QEIIMC precinct to contemporise its campuses, including investments in IT infrastructure and digital transformation.

Opportunities to invest in the University’s future by consolidating activities to its main Crawley/QEIIMC precinct are being considered, allowing reinvestment of unlocked value from underperforming land assets.

The University has considered a variety of options for its Park Avenue site to ensure a comprehensive approach to planning for the future use of the site. These considerations include enhancing the connection between the Crawley campus and QEIIMC for students, staff and the community.

The site planning process will investigate a range of future uses including, but not limited to, educational uses, community uses, and student or residential development.

Any future plans for alternate uses of its Park Avenue site will respect the endowment of our forebears and our responsibility to the sustainability of the University by generating substantial, enduring educational, social and economic benefits to the Western Australian community.

The University recognises and respects the level of public interest in its landholdings and is committed to providing ongoing information and engaging local communities and relevant stakeholders to help consider potential site uses for this landholding as planning progresses.

Future planning for the Park Avenue site at 40 Mounts Bay Road will be undertaken with consideration of the City of Perth’s current Precinct Planning process for the UWA/QEIIMC Activity Centre and with local and State planning authorities and government to ensure an aligned approach.

How has the site been used?

The site was originally used as residence of the Vice-Chancellor of UWA. This use has changed for other University purposes, but the heritage listed building remains.

The site currently accommodates various uses including the UWA Podiatry Clinic, and is also home to the WA Heritage Memorial and the Festival of Perth team.

Why was the Park Avenue site identified for future planning and potential alternative use?

As part of its 2020 masterplanning process, the University has considered a variety of options for its landholdings to ensure a comprehensive approach to planning for the future use of its sites and main Crawley/QEIIMC precinct.

Opportunities to invest in the University’s future sustainability by optimising the use of its landholdings that are surplus to the main Crawley campus have been a key focus, with the Park Avenue site being identified as a non-strategic asset that could release value for future investment in the core campus.

Has the site been acquired through an endowment?

No, the Park Avenue site has not been acquired through endowments.

Are there any heritage listed buildings on the site?

Yes, the building at the north of the site that is currently used for Podiatry is heritage listed. The future use and revitalisation of this will be considered in the planning and engagement process.

Heritage consultants have also been engaged to confirm if the use, or any of the other buildings on the site, warrant heritage listing as part of the University’s due diligence.

What is the University’s commitment to planning for the future needs of future generations?

As outlined in the 2020 UWA Crawley Campus Masterplan, the University is focused on ensuring the sustainability and growth of the University for decades to come. Any future plans for alternate uses for its surplus landholdings will respect the endowment of our forebears and our responsibility to the future sustainability of the University by generating substantial, enduring educational, social and economic benefits to the Western Australian community.

What are key considerations for the future planning of the Park Avenue site?

There are a number of key considerations in the planning and associated engagement process for the Park Avenue site. These include for example:

  • Ensuring a comprehensive approach to planning for the future use of the site, that is informed by stakeholder and community engagement.
  • Consideration of various potential future uses including educational purposes, community use, student accommodation and residential development.
  • Generating value from the site for the benefit of the University and its students and staff.
  • Integration with the surrounding precinct including key considerations such as buildings uses, traffic access, parking and building scale.
  • Respecting and integrating heritage buildings into the future regeneration of the site.

What is the proposed planning process for the Park Avenue site?

The University has decided to pursue a planning process to investigate potential alternative uses of the site. This process will involve the development of a plan to guide future use of the site.

Town planners have recently been appointed and they will provide advice to the University on the planning process.

How will the planning for the Park Avenue site align with the City of Perth’s planning framework?

Future planning for the Park Avenue site will be undertaken with consideration of the City of Perth’s existing Precinct Planning process for the UWA/QEIIMC Activity Centre and with local and State planning authorities and government to ensure an aligned approach.

Is it proposed that staff and students will move from the Park Avenue site to the Crawley/QEIIMC precinct?

This is a key consideration in the future planning for the site, however any decisions as to if, and when, students and staff will be moved to the Crawley/QEIIMC precinct have not be made and will be subject to the planning process for the site.

What will happen to the buildings, trees and amenities on the site?

This will be determined as part of the future site planning process. Decisions will be informed by extensive stakeholder and community engagement.

What will happen in relation to the offices of the Perth Festival?

UWA recognises its important connection with the Perth Festival, having founded the festival in 1953 from the University’s annual summer school entertainment nights as a ‘festival for the people’.

UWA respects the important role that Perth Festival plays as a not-for-profit multi-arts festival that brings world-class performance, music, film, visual arts and literary events to Perth every summer. The future provision of the Perth Festival will be a key area of investigation in the planning process and associated community engagement.

What is the proposed timeline for the planning process for the Park Avenue site?

The time frame for the planning process will take several years with the earliest end date likely to occur during 2024. However community and stakeholder engagement and input into the process will commence in early 2022.

What consultants has the University engaged to undertake this planning work?

The proposed planning process is complex and therefore the University has engaged an expert team of consultants, to undertake a range of work to ensure a high quality planning outcome, in the following areas:

  • Project Management
  • Town Planning
  • Stakeholder and Community Engagement
  • Urban Design
  • Indigenous Context
  • European Heritage
  • Environment / Ecology
  • Traffic and Transport:
  • Landscaping
  • Infrastructure and Servicing
  • Storm Water and Flooding
  • Economics Impact
  • Acoustics
  • Geotech and Environmental Scientists

Cultural Tour of Park Avenue with Dr Richard Walley

Stakeholder and community engagement

The University recognises and respects the level of public interest in its landholdings and is committed to providing ongoing information and extensive stakeholder and community engagement to inform the planning process and decisions regarding the potential future use of the site.

The engagement process will include stakeholder meetings, focus groups, workshops and other methods of communication and engagement.

The University has engaged community engagement specialists Creating Communities to facilitate and report on all engagement activities.

The University commits to:

  • Timely, authentic engagement with the UWA community and external stakeholders.
  • Being responsive to stakeholder feedback.
  • Being proactive, timely and honest with internal and external communications.
  • Respecting our responsibility to the future sustainability of the University by generating substantial, enduring educational, social and economic benefits to the Western Australian community.

UWA is committed to broad engagement to help consider the planning process and decisions regarding the potential future use of the site. Stakeholders who will be invited to be involved in the engagement process include:

  • UWA Staff
  • UWA Students
  • Members of UWA Convocation (including UWA graduates)
  • Other site users
  • Local residents
  • Local community groups
  • Local businesses
  • Elected members and officers of local and state governments
  • Other stakeholders identified during the engagement process

How can I be involved in the engagement process?

We encourage you to provide your details through the button below. When engagement activities commence we will email you with the details on how to register and be involved.