Curtin University students’ Fremantle revitalisation design wins top prize

Curtin University’s Fremantle Springs Project took home the top award at the 2021 Fleetwood Challenge Cup.
Curtin University’s Fremantle Springs Project took home the top award at the 2021 Fleetwood Challenge Cup.

A concept design by Curtin University’s students to revitalise heritage buildings in Perth’s port city of Fremantle has won the top prize at the 2021 Fleetwood Challenge Cup, which explored the use of prefabrication in adaptive re-use within the built environment.

he Fleetwood Challenge Cup is the national design competition for Architectural, Engineering and Construction Management (AEC) students with cash prizes to the value of $15,000 awarded to the winning teams.

The challenge was developed by Fleetwood Australia in partnership with the peak body for Australia’s prefabricated building industry, prefabAUS, to address some of Australia’s most significant construction challenges.

The Fremantle Springs project developed by Curtin University students focused on the neglected abandonment of Western Australia’s Fremantle heritage by proposing a small-scale mixed-use development that established a connective core between Fremantle’s industrial port heritage and nature. The three storey –mixed use development named Fremantle Springs adapts to a flexible modular design.

In second place was Deakin University’s Think Tank Project, which involved transforming an existing warehouse at the Geelong CBD into a student focused, single, and double-bedroom units coupled with a ‘Think Tank’ for development of marketable products and ideas. In the residential structure, cross-laminated timber (CLT) modular units are stacked one upon the other and bound by a visual tectonic architecture of steel columns and beams.

In third place was Curtin University’s Asian Persuasion project, a modular concept based on container-sized modules and constructed with circular economy materials like CLT BEAMS and GLT columns that are connected using bolted plates.

The Industry Award was awarded to yet another Curtin University Team for their Project Shipping House.

Fleetwood Australia CEO, Bruce Nicholson commented, “We wish to extend our congratulations to all involved in this year’s challenge. We were inspired by the calibre of submissions with over 100 students participating in this year’s Challenge Cup.

“The 2021 competitors, who are the industry’s next generation of change makers, drew great inspiration from the challenge set and delivered some outstanding solutions. It has been exciting to see great use of innovation, design knowledge and creativity to deliver cutting edge designs to support adaptable re-use of vacant building stocks.

The finalists were announced last month with Western Australia’s Curtin University taking out three of the top four finalists places.


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