Edith Cowan University has released the first designs of its 11-storey city campus along William Street.
Edith Cowan University has released the first designs for its 11-storey city campus opposite Yagan Square.
ECU announced its $695 million campus this past September, with the state and federal government kicking in $395 million to fund the project as part of the Perth City Deal.
More than 9,000 staff and students are expected to use the campus once its been completed in 2025, with 3,000 jobs to be created during the construction phase and another 380 to be created ongoing.
ECU vice chancellor Steve Chapman said the concept design reveals a unique and welcoming campus that completely defies traditional expectations.
"We have a clear vision and ambition for Western Australia’s first comprehensive city campus, and that is to deliver a remarkable university as well as a landmark for Perth’s CBD," he said.
"Students, staff and visitors will be treated to a sensory experience from the moment they step in.
"It will be like nothing they have ever known.
"ECU City’s design, both physically and symbolically, reaches outwards, with a strong visual connection to its surrounds.
"It will be a university on show - inviting people to connect and be involved with what is occurring within.
"The campus will be purposefully embedded with industry and connect the commercial, cultural and entertainment precincts of Perth, and is designed to project life, energy, and opportunity into the heart of our city. Its proximity to industry is a game-changer for engagement and partnership with business.
"This is a once in a generation opportunity to create what we see as the university of the future, and to reinforce ECU and Perth as a highly desirable centre of education, research, innovation and performance."
Premier Mark McGowan said the new campus will grow Perth's reputation as an innovative and vibrant city.
"This project will create local jobs, activate Perth and deliver world-class university education in the CBD," he said.
"We believe ECU City will attract investment in Perth, boost the visitor economy, provide a boost for CBD businesses and further cement Perth’s reputation as a great place to live, work and visit."