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

Australian architectural firm Lyons, in partnership with Perth-based Silver Thomas Hanley and international architects Haworth Tompkins, have been announced as the successful design team for the ECU City Campus – the centrepiece of the Perth City Deal.

The consortium has already begun to design the ECU City Campus, which will be Western Australia’s first comprehensive university campus situated in the Perth CBD.

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.

One of Australia’s largest providers of quantity surveying, Donald Cant Watts Corke, is already working on site.

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.

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

“The ECU City Campus will be transformational, not only for our university, students and staff, but for Perth,” Mr Chapman said. 

“The new campus will represent the future of university education and is one of the state’s largest and most exciting building projects.”

The Federal Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP, said the major project will drive economic growth in Perth by supporting over 3,000 construction jobs and creating more than 380 ongoing jobs.

“The new ECU City Campus will not only bring together students, teachers and experts across a range of sectors to foster learning and research, but it will be an important feature in the city’s cultural landscape, create flow on economic benefits for local businesses and improve the city’s vibrancy,” Mr Fletcher said. 

“The Morrison Government’s record spending on infrastructure, including our investment in the $1.5 billion Perth City Deal, is central to our plan to drive Australia’s world-leading economic recovery.”

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.

“We are pleased to partner with the Australian Government, City of Perth and ECU to deliver this state-of-the-art university campus right in the middle of the CBD,” Ms Saffioti said. 

“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.

“I look forward to seeing the designs of the campus develop and take shape.”

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.

For more information on the project, click here.  

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