EDITH Cowan University has put the call out for the early works and main works contractor to deliver its new $695 million campus that will be Perth’s first in the CBD.
Australian architectural firm Lyons, in partnership with Perth-based Silver Thomas Hanley and international architects Haworth Tompkins were announced as the successful design team earlier this month.
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.
The Creative Industries, Business and Technology Campus will feature the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), ECU’s Schools of Business and Law, Arts and Humanities, and Cyber Security programs.
Prior to the commencement of a formal procurement process to appoint the contractor, ECU will run an industry briefing and a market sounding process to consult with industry. The open industry briefing will be held on 8 July at ECU’s Joondalup campus.
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.