16/11/2020 - 15:30

ECU seeks architect, designer for CBD campus

16/11/2020 - 15:30

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Edith Cowan University has opened expressions of interest for a lead architect and lead designer to work on its recently announced campus relocation.

Steve Chapman says the university will engage the market to identify experts with local and international experience. Photo: Jody D’Arcy

Edith Cowan University has opened expressions of interest for a lead architect and lead designer to work on its recently announced campus relocation.

ECU, which is at present based in Mount Lawley, announced in September it would relocate to land opposite Yagan Square by 2025.

More than 3,000 people are expected to be employed during the project’s construction phase.

ECU vice-chancellor Steve Chapman said the university would engage the market to identify experts with local and international experience to ensure the project attracts the best advisers.

“We want this campus to be highly innovative and inclusive, where the transition between the university and the city is seamless, promoting unprecedented levels of community interaction and engagement,” he said.

Geoff Warn, who is working on the campus relocation as a technical architect, said the project would task the project’s designers and architects with the responsibility and opportunity to produce their best work.

“This is the visionary project that Perth … has been wanting for a long time, which will have definite benefits for both the arts and business, opening up a world of new possibilities,” he said.

ECU's move will cost $695 million in total, with the federal and state government jointly contributing $395 million to the move.

Premier Mark McGowan said the speed with which ECU had opened expressions of interest was testament to its commitment to education and job creation, while Transport and Planning Minister Rita Saffioti called today's announcement a major step forward for the university.

"The university campus highlights what density can achieve and the well planned and vibrant communities it can create," Ms Saffioti said.

"I look forward to working on this exciting vision for Perth's future, which will support and create local jobs while returning vibrancy to our CBD."

Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure Minister Alan Tudge said the move would bring thousands of students into Perth's CBD.

"COVID-19 has had a profound impact on all our cities and this element of the City Deal is exactly what WA needs right now because it means local jobs and a boost to the economy," he said.

"Not only will this project create jobs; the campus will bring new life to the city with an estimated $1.5 billion economic output across the next four years, delivering more than $7.5 billion to the WA economy in the longer term."

Expressions of interest can now be made through Tenders WA and will close at 11am on November 27.

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