By Andie Carlson | @andiecarlso
The University of South Australia has made a new addition to the West End of Hindley Street in the CBD, with Pridham Hall, today opening to the public.
Construction of “The Great Hall”, as it has been labelled, began in 2015 after UniSA graduate Andrew Pridham donated $5 million for the new building for the University’s City West campus.
The multipurpose building has sporting and function facilities open to UniSA staff, UniSA students and the general public across different levels and features a large underground swimming pool.
UniSA Vice Chancellor Professor David Lloyd said in a press release that the idea for Pridham Hall began in 2013 at Unijam.
“Our students really wanted sporting facilities on campus, but they also wanted a significant venue where they could graduate and create enduring memories of their time at UniSA,” Professor Lloyd said.
“We are extremely grateful for all the support we have had on this project, from the architects, designers, builders and project managers and from all the people who have generously supported its construction.”
Nestled against the Jeffery Smart Building, Pridham Hall extends UniSA’s reach in the West End, with the modern buildings acting as a stand out.
The hall has already been opened to the public, with UniSA student graduation ceremonies taking place in the last few weeks.
All future graduations will take place in the large convertible area, also used for functions and sporting events.
Pridham Hall offers gym and pool memberships to the public, and with special discounts for UniSA staff and students.
Along with the open gym and pool facilities, there will also be group classes included in the membership price.
Student sporting clubs will also reap the benefits of the new space, with rock climbing, basketball, volleyball and more being held in the multi-sport courts.
More information on Pridham Hall can be found here.
Image Courtesy: University of South Australia