In 2018 UWA will launch a co-working and innovation hub for graduate- and alumni-owned enterprises at the historic Nedlands Masonic Hall.

The rejuvenation project will preserve an important local heritage site, activate the western corner of the Crawley campus, and mark the crossroad of a burgeoning Innovation Corridor on Stirling Highway, including the Centre for Entrepreneurial Research and Innovation (CERI) and Bloom Lab at St Catherine’s College. 

The space represents an exciting new front door for UWA, showcasing graduate and alumni enterprises across the broadest spectrum of creatives, not-for-profits and technologywith a common denominator of collaboration and connection.

Supporting enterprise

Launching a startup is hard. Growing that business is even harder. Through co-location at UWA, graduate enterprises have opportunities to work alongside some of the world’s leading researchers and student talent, and access multi-million-dollar facilities and infrastructure. As part of our University community, they will also contribute industry insights into research, and support teaching and learning.

Features and benefits

  • A range of affordable membership options will be available – from hot desking and co-working, to offices.
  • Members will also have access to quiet spaces, meeting rooms, a board room, and training and seminar facilities .
  • Work alongside UWA researchers, staff and students.
  • There will be access to facilities such as a gym, childcare centre and the UWA Club.
  • There will also be access to infrastructure, such as libraries and labs.

A unique heritage location.

The Nedlands Park Masonic Hall was designed in 1935 for the use of Western Australian Freemasons, and the property was sold to UWA in 1997. The first floor co-working space includes many unique features associated with the Freemasons, including an elaborate throne area, floor artwork, mouldings and lighting depicting ancient masonic symbols and rituals. The ground floor of the building, originally a public hall, will continue to support community activity including innovation and enterprise training and workshops.

Working together to thrive and grow.

Breakthrough ideas happen when people with different backgrounds and expertise work together.  That’s why we’re creating a space where researchers, students and graduates can learn, collaborate, and create. This approach mirrors a Silicon Valley model, where startups and research institutions, such as Stanford University, have a symbiotic relationship.

Coming soon

The rejuvenation project will be completed in January 2018 so stand by for more news soon. For enquiries contact

Mark Stickells
Contributed by
Dr Jo Hawkins, Business Development Manager (IQ),
Innovation Quarter