Armstrong Parkin Architects has been appointed to design South Metropolitan TAFE’s new multi-storey Armadale campus, which will provide industry relevant training and revitalise the local area.
The purpose-built facility will provide a high-quality environment for locals to learn the skills they need for growing industries.
The new campus will boost student capacity, enhance training delivery and be located within the Armadale town centre. Vocational education and training delivered to secondary students will be a strong focus to help address jobs for local young people.
The Armadale region has a high need for vocational training programs to provide pathways into long-term jobs.
Construction of the new campus will unlock local jobs, while the opening of the campus will have positive flow on benefits for local small business, with more student capacity at the site.
Current training delivery in Armadale is dispersed across three ageing leased premises located in the Armadale town centre.
There are 12 secondary schools in the Armadale area and the future population growth requires appropriate facilities and courses to accommodate the growing number of students seeking quality educational and training opportunities.
The new Armadale campus was announced in July as part of the WA Recovery Plan. A record $167.4 million will be invested to fund upgrades to essential infrastructure across Western Australia’s TAFE colleges.
Site analysis is currently underway with construction of the new campus anticipated to start in December 2021.
As stated by Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery:
“This new state-of-the-art TAFE campus will deliver world-class learning opportunities in the heart of Armadale.
“This is part of the McGowan Government’s WA Recovery Plan which will help drive economic and social recovery, and create jobs for Western Australians.”
As stated by Armadale MLA Dr Tony Buti:
“This is a significant project that will create a vibrant community hub for Armadale and the surrounding area.
“The new Armadale TAFE will provide a first-class learning environment and encourage young people in the area to gain skills in job growth areas which will result in long-term jobs.”