Edith Cowan University (ECU) is seeking a Lead Architect and Lead Design through an Expression of Interest process for its $695 million ECU City Campus.
The campus is set to be the centrepiece of the recently announced Perth City Deal, which aims to bring the Federal, State and Local governments together to help Perth recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The project will deliver Western Australia’s first CBD university campus and represent one of the State’s largest and most exciting building projects.
Premier of Western Australia Mark McGowan said the ECU City Campus will be a landmark project that represents the future of inner-city university education and enliven the city experience while creating thousands of jobs, and supporting the WA economy.
“The City Deal was only announced in September 2020 and being able to get this project progressing soon after is testament to ECU’s commitment to education, jobs and vision,” McGowan said.
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“The city campus, which is expected to open in early 2025, will be built on land adjacent to Yagan Square, linking Northbridge’s dining and entertainment circuit to the Perth Cultural Centre including the new WA Museum Boola Bardip, and the retail and commercial hub of the Perth CBD.
“This project will support more than 3,000 jobs during construction and will support the State in its efforts coming out of the pandemic to build WA back up and create vital infrastructure for generations to come.”
Federal Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure Minister Alan Tudge said the ECU City Campus represents a transformational change for Perth with the economic flow-on to last for decades.
“Thousands of students flooding into the city will inject more life, vibrancy and dollars into the city centre and its local businesses,” Tudge said.
“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.
“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.”
WA Transport and Planning Minister Rita Saffioti said the Perth City deal is creating exciting new opportunities in the planning and transport spaces.
“Today’s announcement is a major step forward to the shared vision of the inner-city Edith Cowan University opening in 2025,” she said.
“The university campus highlights what density can achieve and the well planned and vibrant communities it can create.
“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.”
ECU Vice-Chancellor Professor Steve Chapman said the university will engage with the market to identify leading experts with both local and international expertise for the roles.
“Given the level of ambition, combined with the complex and multi-faceted nature of the project, we expect the Lead Architect will leverage international networks and knowledge to ensure ECU attracts the best advisors to deliver a project of international significance,” Chapman said.
“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.”
ECU City Campus Technical Architect Geoff Warn said this is an unprecedented project for Perth.
“The Lead Architect and Lead Design Engineers will be tasked with the responsibility, and the opportunity, to produce their best work,” Warn said.
“It is the type of challenge that creative practices are trained for and dream about.
“This is the visionary project that Perth city 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.”
Both Expressions of Interest will be released Monday November 16, 2020, 2pm WST on Tenders WA.