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New ACU centrepiece

Photo: Scott Burrows

Photo: Scott Burrows

DESIGNED by Conrad Gargett, Saint John Paul II building is a landmark project for the Australian Catholic University.

It is a centrepiece on campus for postgraduate learning, professional education, research and industry engagement.

The building, designed in a cruciform plan, is open and inviting, where the public space of the campus extends through.

The arced form embraces the Community Court to create an enclosure to set the heritage Holy Spirit Chapel as the focus and heart of the Court.

The reflection of the heritage building with the landmark tower in the façade heightens the community’s awareness of the heritage significance of the campus and the inherent spirituality of the site.

Education facility design is a key area of expertise for Conrad Gargett.

Their experience has ranged from master planning entire campuses to the design, refurbishment and delivery of learning facilities across all levels of education.

Conrad Gargett’s projects reflect an understanding of the diverse roles current education facilities must fulfil together. They place a focus on facilitating evolving learning methods and providing flexibility for future requirements.

Conrad Gargett’s capability is emphasised by their ongoing collaboration with ACU. Since the completion of ACU’s master plan in 2000, Conrad Gargett has been engaged to provide ongoing master planning and architectural support for ACU’s Brisbane campus.

These facilities have always focussed on ensuring ACU has the most current education facilities and involve extensive research, thorough user consultation and exhaustive options analysis.

Conrad Gargett were also the architects behind ACU’s Leadership Centre at Cathedral Place in the Brisbane CBD.

Similarly, the ACU Health Science Clinical School at the Mater Campus was designed by Conrad Gargett to provide a “home away from home” clinical practice facility for health science students and staff.

Current projects for ACU include the Mary McKillop Institute for Health Research – Centre for Musculoskeletal Research.

This building is co-located with the Health Science Clinical School and a student led clinic on campus for multi-disciplinary Allied Health Clinical Practice and Community Engagement.

Conrad Gargett has continuously evolved to remain at the forefront of architecture in Australia.

They deliver projects Australia-wide and internationally, demonstrating world-class expertise across a diverse range of sectors including health, heritage, research, defence, education and commercial.

Written by: Staff writers
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