A major refurbishment project has commenced at the University of New England’s Mary White College with work due to be completed early next year (March 2010). The refurbishments represent an investment of approximately $5 million for the university.
The College opened in 1958 as one of the first two residences established on campus and last year celebrated its 50th year.
Director of UNE Residential System, Barb Shaw said, “The construction includes the refurbishment of 3 of the original blocks, which means 60 per cent of Mary White’s study/bedrooms will be refreshed.”
The interiors of existing rooms will be completely re-designed, with new carpets, beds, cupboards, desks and curtains. Some block configurations will change and a number of rooms will also gain ensuites.
“Students will benefit from new common rooms and kitchenettes in each of the three refurbished blocks,” Ms Shaw said. “Planning has been underway since 2006, so it is an exciting time for the UNE Residential System to see these plans get underway”, she added.
In addition to meeting the changing needs of UNE Residences, a number of select rooms will be interconnected, providing greater choice for domestic and international students, as well as Distance Education students visiting the campus with family.
The reshape will allow for three disabled flats/units along with the refurbishment of the Marnie Yates Room (the college common room).