WA architects receive State recognition for Notre Dame's new education building

Document Type

Media Release

Publication Date

Winter 14-8-2012

Publisher Name

The University of Notre Dame Australia

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The Australian Institute of Architects has presented an Architecture Award to Marcus Collins Architects for their work on The University of Notre Dame Australia's newest building, the Tannock Hall of Education, located on its Fremantle Campus.

At their annual awards ceremony held in July, the judges acknowledged the exemplary work by Marcus Collins Architects for "new architecture within the heritage West End precinct of Fremantle".

Jury comments

The building's façade treatment is informed by meticulous research and the study of the surviving adjacent heritage buildings. It is contextually sympathetic and respectful with its fundamental proportions, material selections and sense of utilitarian purpose. This is a distinct work of modern architecture from an experienced hand. The expert execution of external architectural detailing and quality of finish belies the overall simplicity of the building's image. The planning is efficient and functional and structurally anticipates continuous evolution of use over time. The modest expenditure represents excellent value. It should be acknowledged that Tannock Hall of Education is an architectural high point for the Fremantle Campus of The University of Notre Dame Australia, and that the Architect is largely responsible for creating the essential design consistency which has bound together a series of disconnected buildings with a unifying identity.

The University completed the construction of the new education building on a vacant site on the corner of Cliff and Croke Streets, Fremantle. The important new addition to its teaching facilities was opened in November 2010 and was funded by a combination of Federal and State Governments, private benefactors, and the University.

Vice Chancellor, Professor Celia Hammond, said she was delighted that Marcus Collins Architects had received such prestigious recognition from their peers.

"Marcus Collins Architects and the University's builder, W Fairweather and Sons, have been integral to the capital development of Notre Dame since its establishment as a university. The beauty of Notre Dame in Fremantle is testament to their vision, skill and industry."

Marcus Collins Architects was also acknowledged by the City of Fremantle at their 2012 Heritage Awards for their significant contribution to the West End of Fremantle.

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