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Learning Centre at City West campus

In August of 2010 UniSA secured $30 million from the Federal Government’s Education Investment Fund towards the $95 million Participate@UniSA project, including a new Learning Centre at the City West campus. John Wardle Architects in association with Phillips Pilkington Architects have been engaged for the design of the Five Green Star rated building. Early works on the Learning Centre commenced in October 2011, with Hindmarsh Construction Australia being contracted for the build. Construction is scheduled to be completed by December 2013 for occupation in early 2014.

The City West Learning Centre will be a next generation facility, designed to enable students and staff to access and acquire world leading knowledge and practice, and enhancing services and the student learning experience. With a special focus on a technology-rich environment and flexible learning spaces, the state-of-the-art, Five Green Star-rated building, will allow students to inhabit and work in new kinds of spaces that will convey UniSA’s strong commitment to innovation and quality.

The Learning Centre design incorporates the development of flexible learning spaces, reflecting the need to shift our facilities form repositories of books, journals and whiteboards to being flexible configurations of space which encourage students and staff to engage with knowledge and each other. The emphasis of the learning spaces on active, collaborative, peer and social learning, reflects a shift from the traditional lecture, tutorial style class rooms to spaces that are flexible in their design and function.

There will be a multitude of spaces, from areas for collaborative group work and informal and social learning spaces to quieter areas for individual study, all integrated with next generation technology and information resources. The emphasis of the design will be on areas where students can share, broaden and thereby deepen their knowledge and engagement with the University and each other.

As well as Library services and information resources other key student support services including careers, counselling, disability services and learning advice will be integrated into the Learning Centre. This model follows international trends emerging in flexible learning spaces which have been examined and inform the development of this exciting and innovative project.

Philip St view - South East Corner

Hindley Street view

Hindley Street view - Courtyard Entry

Philip St view - Entry from South-East

Courtyard Main Entry - Approach from Hindley Street

Hindley Street View - Cafe