Future Bayswater and Curtin University students collaborate on Bayswater Urban Regeneration Hub project


Paul Shanahan and James Best from Future Bayswater with Curtin University’s Professor Reena Tiwari and her Architecture Masters students.
Paul Shanahan and James Best from Future Bayswater with Curtin University’s Professor Reena Tiwari and her Architecture Masters students.

ABOUT 50 people attended community group Future Bayswater and Curtin University students’ Bayswater Urban Regeneration Hub project launch last week.

The hub, which is also supported Bendigo Bank, is a project where architecture Masters students investigate the key characteristics of the Bayswater town centre and opportunities to transform it into a transit supportive place.

Students are expected to finish their study, Sustainable Urbanism through transit oriented design, by the end of June.

The hub, which is located at 9 King William Street, has been leased by the group from developers Yolk Property Group and fitted out with reused furniture and materials donated by the community.

Future Bayswater chair Paul Shanahan said 25 students were taking part in the project led by co-ordinator and Curtin Professor Reena Tiwari.

“The launch was extremely successful – it was sponsored by Bendigo Bank, Curtin University, Howdy Cafe, Feral Brewery, The Little Cheese Shop and Future Bayswater,” he said.

“Future Bayswater’s main goal is to help create a modern, vibrant, self-sufficient transport oriented hub in the town centre.

“Now we have 25 of Curtin’s best and brightest turning their attention to this precinct to help us achieve our goals.

“(It is an) unbelievably exciting opportunity – we’re very proud to be part of this.”

Mr Shanahan said it was “very early days” but the students intended to leave “no stone unturned” to find out the community’s future vision for the town centre.

“The students will be in Howdy Cafe next Tuesday, 1pm to 2.00pm,” he said.

“This will be one opportunity for locals to speak with them.

“This looks like it could be the start of a long association between Curtin University, Future Bayswater, hopefully the Bendigo Bank and the Bayswater community.”

The group’s next event, Beats * Burgers * Beers, will be held at the hub and Howdy Coffee on May 5.

For more information, visit http://futurebayswater.com/.

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