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Designs unveiled for new ECU campus

The first designs for the new Edith Cowan University (ECU) campus have been unveiled, detailing how it will integrate into the Perth CBD.

The project is expected to support more than 3000 construction jobs and create more than 380 ongoing jobs.

Developed over two sites directly opposite Yagan Square and spanning Karak Walk, ECU City will include windows and galleries across 11 super-levels that expose stacked performance spaces, studios, and digital labs.

Opening to William Street Mall at Yagan Square, the university will use a dynamic digital media façade and an immersive entrance that envelops Perth Busport. Activated streetscapes and common laneways will connect to Roe, Queen, and Wellington Streets.

The campus will integrate creative industries, business, and technology courses with ECU’s Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA).

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Western Australian Premier Mark McGowan said the project is part of an investment into infrastructure and transport for the future.

“This is part of a once-in-a-lifetime transformation of our city centre and will grow Perth’s reputation as an innovative and vibrant city,” McGowan said.

“This project will create local jobs, activate Perth and deliver world-class university education in the CBD.

“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.”

ECU City campus is a key project in the $1.5 billion Perth City Deal, a collaboration between the Federal Government and Western Australian Government to revitalise the Perth CBD. More than 9000 students and staff will use the campus home by 2025.

The $695 million ECU deal is jointly funded, with the Federal Government committing $245 million, the Western Australian Government providing $150 million and ECU contributing $300 million.

Federal Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities, and the Arts Minister Paul Fletcher said the economic impact of the development will be significant, providing an estimated $1.5 billion boost to the WA economy over the next four years.

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