The heart of our City West campus.
In 2014 the University embarked on a project that has transformed on-campus life and provided purpose-built facilities for students to celebrate University life, milestones and achievements. Pridham Hall is a one-stop shop for students and the local community, featuring a sports complex, swimming pool and facilities for graduations and corporate and cultural events.
Sitting alongside UniSA’s Jeffrey Smart Building and near a new student accommodation block on Hindley Street, Pridham Hall's architecturally expressive design continues to transform Adelaide’s West End and enhance the vibrancy of the City West campus. The facility is a public drawcard and will attract the South Australian Health and Biomedical Precinct’s growing population.
The first graduation ceremony was held in Pridham Hall on Monday 9 April, where over 4,000 students graduated for the first time in the new space. The gym facilities and pool are now open and more information about membership options are available via the UniSA Sport webpage.
Generous alumni donation
The Pridham Foundation, which administers the philanthropic giving by the family of UniSA graduate Andrew Pridham, has presented a $5 million gift to the University of South Australia to support this new transformational building. Read more about Andrew and his family’s generous contribution.
Each year over 9,000 students graduate from the University of South Australia and over 20 UniSA Sporting teams compete in local competitions. Pridham Hall houses both of these, offering a dynamic space for graduation ceremonies and sport.
As UniSA’s publicly accessible sports, cultural and recreation complex, Pridham Hall includes:
A large multi-purpose hall that is transformed for graduations, functions and sporting events
Multi-purpose playing courts for many sports including basketball, netball and rock climbing
Fitness Centre incorporating a weights room and exercise equipment
25m five-lane, heated swimming pool.
Pridham Hall facts
7,400m2 gross floor area
3,500m3 cubic squares of concrete
400 tonnes of structural steel
2,931 plants in the green wings at the entrance of the building
210 doors in the building
60 solar panels providing 80kw
400m3 of water in the pool
over 17,000 workers have contributed to this building to date
Building time lapse
Gain insight into the building process by viewing the below time lapse with footage from October 2015 - February 2018.
Become a permanent part of the new heart of UniSA
You can join hundreds of graduates, staff and supporters by donating $1,000 to have your name and three words to live by permanently etched into one of three sculptural features in the University’s new ceremonial and sporting complex, Pridham Hall.
For further details or to secure your space, visit the Pridham Hall donation webpage.
Pridham Hall project team was led by South Australian firm JPE Design Studio together with Norwegian architecture firm, Snøhetta, and SA’s JamFactory. Snøhetta was recently ranked sixth in UK’s Building Design Weekly’s top 100 architecture firms of 2015 list.
The project team also included:
- Structural and Civil Engineers : Aurecon
- Services Engineers : WSP / Parsons Brinkerhoff
- Cost Manager : Rider Levett Bucknall
- Managing Contractor : Mossop Construction and Interiors
By 2018, UniSA will increase its engagement with local and global industries, enhance its current world-leading, relevant and informed research and produce more highly skilled and innovative graduates.View the brochure
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Areas of study and research
- Health Research
- Alliance for Research in Exercise, Nutrition and Activity (ARENA)
- Centre for Cancer Biology
- Centre for Drug Discovery and Development
- Centre for Population Health Research
- Centre of Research Excellence for the Prevention of Chronic Conditions in Rural and Remote High Risk Populations
- International Centre for Allied Health Evidence
- Medicine and Device Surveillance CRE
- Quality Use of Medicines and Pharmacy Research Centre
and Social Sciences
- Art, Architecture and Design
- Communication, International Studies and Languages
- Psychology, Social Work and Social Policy
- Hawke Research Institute
- Asia Pacific Centre for Work Health and Safety
- Australian Centre for Child Protection
- Barbara Hardy Institute
- Centre for Research in Education
- Hawke EU Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence
- Centre for Islamic Thought and Education
- International Centre for Muslim and non-Muslim Understanding
- Research Centre for Languages and Cultures
- Zero Waste SA Research Centre for Sustainable Design and Behaviour (sd+b)
IT, Engineering and
- Future Industries Institute
- UniSA College