Capital Works

The Harper Master Plan

The College Council’s strategic Capital Works Plan comprises a series of projects to develop, upgrade and improve buildings, accommodation and shared spaces on campus. To date, with the generous support of our community, we have completed the new Thyne Reid Link Building, Kitchen Development, Reid Refurbishment and outdoor Public Art Project.

In 2023, we embarked on a significant and much-needed series of upgrades to the Main Building. The College’s oldest building holds a special place in our heritage, which calls for an architectural design that embraces its rich history while providing the modern comfort expected by its current occupants. Within this are two major priorities; The Junior Common Room Upgrade and the Main Building Bedroom Refurbishment projects.

Junior Common Room (JCR) Refurbishment

A vibrant and purposeful common room is essential to the student experience at a residential college. Initial concepts for upgrading our currently under-utilised JCR envisage the dual operation of a daytime café that converts into an evening bar as required.

The Major Works Committee, in collaboration with the Students’ Club, have completed a feasibility study and is currently determining the scope, operational requirements and estimated timeline of the project.

Depending on required building approvals, the renovations are forecast to be completed by the summer of 2024. Works will involve creating a women’s bathroom, kitchen facilities, comfortable café and dining areas, outdoor and indoor seating, enhanced accessibility and flooring, and additional lounge, study and recreation areas.

Our vision is to create an inviting, multi-purpose space that caters to various social and study needs. It will be a place for students to bring their visiting family and for hosting alumni events.

This project is a major priority for the College, and we are very excited to report on its progress as it unfolds. Watch this space!

Junior Common Room in 1960

Main Building Bedroom Refurbishment

This project will see the 86 heritage bedrooms in the Main Building undergo significant, much-needed renovations, bringing them in line with the high calibre of the rest of the bedrooms across the College and providing all students with modern amenities.

Each room will be fitted with new desk and bed furnishings, clever storage provisions, improved lighting, modern power outlets, underfloor heating, ceiling fans, and finished in a colour scheme complementary to the building’s heritage design. Rooms that feature fireplaces will have them restored.

In collaboration with architects, interior designers and construction experts, three bedrooms have been upgraded as initial prototypes and are being enjoyed and evaluated by their current occupants.

We are grateful for the enthusiastic support we received from our community, such as that from alumnus Dr Denis Gordon OAM (Fr 1954), who said:

“The Main Building is beautiful and holds many fond memories for me, as I’m sure it does for so many others. In my years at College this lovely main building was the preferred place to live. I sincerely hope that generations of students to come will have the most wonderful time living there, as I did.” Dr Denis Gordon OAM (Fr 1954)

Denis and Robbie Gordon with Isabel (Fr 2023), a current student residing in one of the new prototype bedrooms.
Main Building Bedroom Floor Plan

Naming Opportunities

This exciting project offers the opportunity to have a room named in recognition of your gift and donor wall recognition opportunities. There are tailored options to suit your giving preferences, including pledging your support over multiple years. For more information and to discuss these options, contact Director of Advancement, Hannah Atwell, via: T: 61 2 9565 7303 M: 0434 728 720 or E: