A full building, three floor refurbishment of the library to celebrate the 60th birthday of the Medical School. The existing traditional library was transformed into collaborative learning and teaching spaces, quiet study areas, an alumni lounge, and offices for both the library and faculty staff including the Dean. Only 10% of the book collection was returned to the library.

This tendered ECI project required us to work closely with the design team to progress from design intent to construction documents. This included multiple design workshops to ensure the budget was met for each element, buildabilty advice, exploration of wish list items in full and the incremental release of trade packages in order to accelerate the programme.

Feature ceilings and glazing was workshopped extensively and we were able to re-engineer these elements to ensure the design intent was met whilst maintaining budget and programme. A complex AV package was delivered along with a comprehensive upgrade of existing building services to cope with the change of use. Collaborative spaces, including the learning pod area and collaborative study rooms are able to be booked via their intranet system as well as via iPads within the library.

The overall project programme was accelerated by almost six months due to our collaborative, flexible and design driven approach.


University of Western Australia

Project Designer

Hames Sharley

Services Consultant

Turner & Townsend Thinc