09/06/2021 - 15:00

Contracts awarded for ECU city campus design

09/06/2021 - 15:00

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Local architect Silver Thomas Hanley will co-design ECU's new city campus, alongside national agency Lyons and UK-based studio Haworth Tompkins.

Contracts awarded for ECU city campus design
An artist's impression of ECU's city campus. Photo: Edith Cowan University

Local architect Silver Thomas Hanley will co-design Edith Cowan University's new city campus, alongside national agency Lyons and UK-based studio Haworth Tompkins.

That news comes amid a slew of contract awards for the new campus, including for Stantec, which has been named the lead engineer for civil, structural and building services, Marshall Day, which will work on the campus' acoustic engineering, and Urbis, which will lead serve as the project's town planner.

Subiaco-based firm Silver Thomas Hanley, which is one of the state's largest employers of architects, has recently completed works for Curtin University and ECU, and has provided works fore the Department of Health, Kailis Group and Ramsay Health Care.

Lyons, meanwhile, has developed a number of university buildings in the eastern states as well as the Central Institute of TAFE building, while Haworth Tompkins has developed and refurbished significant sites throughout London, inlcuding the Young Vic Theatre and Royal Court Theatre.

ECU vice chancellor Steve Chapman said the new city campus would be transformational.

"The new campus will represent the future of university education and is one of the state's largest and most exciting building projects," he said.

"Lyons, in partnership with Silver Thomas Hanley and Haworth Tompkins, will bring a combination of local knowledge, design leadership, renowned expertise, and world-leading specialist capabilities that will capture our ambition and ensure the seamless delivery of the project.

"We are looking forward to these extraordinary minds not only conceptualising but delivering this unique project.

"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."

Transport and Planning Minister Rita Saffioti said the city deal would re-energise the city and encourage people to return to the 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," she said.

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

ECU finished 2020 with an operating surplus of $23.3 million, one of just two universities in Western Australia to do so.

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