• Five contracts awarded for $696 million university campus project

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Five contracts awarded for $696 million university campus project

A consortium of leading local, national and international architects will design the new $695 million Edith Cowan University (ECU) City Campus, with the appointment of the largest contracts to come from the $1.5 billion Perth City Deal.

Architectural firm Lyons, together with Silver Thomas Hanley and Haworth Tompkins have been announced as the successful design team for the ECU City campus.

The team has already started to design the ECU City Campus, which will be Western’s Australia’s first comprehensive university campus.

Lyons and Silver Thomas Hanley have an extensive background in collaborating on award-winning major university and research building projects.

Lyons is also recognised for its designs at leading city-based universities including RMIT in Melbourne and the flagship STEM precinct at the University of Newcastle.

Perth-based architects Silver Thomas Hanley designed ECU’s Joondalup Science building, featuring the world’s largest periodic table.

Also appointed is global engineering company Stantec, which is the Lead Engineer for Civil, Structural and Building Services. Stantec is recognised for many Perth landmarks, including Elizabeth Quay and the Westin Perth.

Marshall Day will carry out the City Campus’ acoustic engineering, following its successful acoustic delivery of Optus Stadium and Urbis will lead on town planning.

International firm Haworth Tompkins is celebrated for its cutting-edge creations in performance spaces, including the revitalisation of The National Theatre in London.

The Perth City Deal brings together all three levels of government to help secure the long-term prosperity and liveability of Perth by promoting a vibrant city centre.

ECU Vice-Chancellor, Professor Steve Chapman, believes the City Campus will not only be good for the university, but for Perth as well.

The Western Australian Minister for Transport and Planning, the Hon Rita Saffioti MLA, said that the Perth City Deal will help to re-energise the city and will encourage more people back into Perth CBD.

The $695 million ECU City Campus is jointly funded, with the Federal Government committing $245 million, the Western Australian Government $150 million and ECU $300 million.

The new campus will attract 9,200 students and staff by 2025, growing to over 11,000 students and staff by 2034.

Construction is set to begin in 2021 and the campus will open in 2025.


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Date of Publication: 11 June, 2021

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