Two new student residential halls at The Australian National University (ANU) have been opened today by the Governor General Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd).
Wright and Bruce Halls will be home to more than 800 students. Louise and Graham Tuckwell provided the funding for the halls, which was part of Australia's largest personal philanthropic contribution to a university when announced in 2016.
"We have been waiting for this day with great excitement since we made the announcement more than two years ago," Graham Tuckwell said.
"We are both absolutely thrilled to see our vision realised in these two halls which are not only magnificent buildings but with their impressive inclusions set a new standard for on-campus accommodation nationally and internationally."
ANU Vice-Chancellor Professor Brian Schmidt AC said the two new halls would allow more students to study and live on campus, giving hundreds of young students access to an outstanding and transformative campus experience.
"Today is an historic day for our campus and I applaud Graham and Louise for their vision and commitment to seeing this project come to life," Professor Schmidt said.
"Our new student residents will have the chance to live in one of the world's finest student residences and be part of a wonderful community of scholars who will share in the great traditions of on campus living and create lasting friendships."
Wright Hall is named after Louise's family and has the motto, Tenacitas, Comitas, Gratia, which is about being grateful for what you have, a willingness to share this with others and giving it a go.
"This characterises the students we have here at ANU, as well as the values of Louise and Graham Tuckwell and their family," Professor Schmidt said.
"The new Bruce Hall has been designed to retain the unique culture and traditions of the Bruce community and the building includes many of the shared spaces that former residents will be familiar with like the dining hall and the Buttery."
Each hall features individual rooms with their own balcony. The buildings each have their own large communal areas, offer affordable catering choices and include study rooms, music rooms, laundries and other amenities to suit contemporary student needs.
Students will commence moving in today and next week in time for Orientation Week beginning on 18 February.