ECU appoints architects for $695m campus

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EDITH Cowan University has appointed a consortium of local, national and international architects to design the $695 million ECU City Campus, the centrepiece of the Perth City Deal.

Australian architectural firm Lyons, in partnership with Perth-based Silver Thomas Hanley and international architects Haworth Tompkins were announced as the successful design team for campus.

The appointment is one of the largest contracts to date to come from the $1.5 billion Perth City Deal, which was announced last year and brings together all three levels of government in planning the liveability of Perth city centre.

The new campus – Perth’s first comprehensive university campus situated in the CBD – is jointly funded, with the Australian government committing $245 million, the state government $150 million and ECU $300 million.

Some 9,200 students and staff will be based at the campus by 2025, growing to over 11,000 students and staff by 2034. Design work is underway and construction will begin in 2021 with opening forecast for 2025.

Lyons is recognised for its designs at city-based universities including RMIT in Melbourne and the flagship STEM precinct at the University of Newcastle, while Silver Thomas Hanley designed ECU’s Joondalup Science building, featuring the world’s largest periodic table.

Haworth Tompkins revitalised of The National Theatre in London.

Also appointed is global engineering company Stantec, which is the lead engineer for civil, structural and building services, and recognised for Perth landmarks including Elizabeth Quay and the Westin Perth.

Marshall Day will carry out the acoustic engineering at the campus, following its successful acoustic delivery of Optus Stadium. Urbis will lead on town planning, and quantity surveyors Donald Cant Watts Corke is already working on site.

Federal Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts, Paul Fletcher said the project would support over 3,000 construction jobs and creating more than 380 ongoing jobs.

The campus will be constructed on two lots adjacent to Yagan Square and generate an estimated $1.5 billion economic output across the next four years, delivering more than $7.5 billion to the state economy in the longer term.

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

“We anticipate that the campus will bring more than 8,000 students into the city from day one, creating flow on economic benefits for local businesses.”

ECU vice-chancellor, Professor Steve Chapman, said the ECU City Campus will be “transformational, not only for our university, students and staff, but for Perth”.

“I’m proud to say there are 23 Australian companies involved in this project and the vast majority are Perth-based companies. We are delighted to have them on board and offering their skills and capabilities to this transformational project.”

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