The first designs of the new state-of-the-art ECU City campus have been unveiled today, showcasing how the world-class university campus will reshape the Perth CBD and redefine higher education in Western Australia.
Developed over two sites directly opposite Yagan Square and spanning Karak Walk, ECU City will include vast windows and galleries across 11 super-levels that expose cleverly stacked performance spaces, studios and state-of-the-art digital labs.
Opening to William Street Mall at Yagan Square, the university will offer new vibrancy through its dynamic digital media façade, and an immersive entrance that envelops Perth Busport, while activated streetscapes and lively common laneways will connect to Roe, Queen, and Wellington Streets.
This job-creating project is part of the extensive investment my Government is making in infrastructure and transport for the future, said Western Australian Premier Mark McGowan
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.
The campus will integrate creative industries, business and technology courses with ECU’s internationally recognised Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA). Bespoke theatres have been designed to place Perth on the world stage.
ECU City campus is a key project in the $1.5 billion Perth City Deal, a collaboration between the Morrison Government and Western Australian Government to revitalise the Perth CBD. It will see more than 9,000 students and staff calling the campus home by 2025.
The $695 million ECU deal is jointly funded, with the Morrison Government committing $245 million, the Western Australian Government providing $150 million and ECU contributing $300 million.
The game-changing project is expected to support more than 3,000 construction jobs and create more than 380 ongoing jobs.
A development application for the mid-rise ECU City campus will be lodged with DevelopmentWA later this month, with early site works expected to commence later this year.
The Hon Paul Fletcher MP, Federal Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts added:
The Morrison Government has committed $245 million for the new ECU City campus, which will not only bring together students, teachers and experts from across disciplines, but it will help reinvigorate the Perth CBD by creating an important feature in the city’s cultural landscape.
The economic impact of the development will also be significant, with the project supporting over 3,000 jobs during construction and providing an estimated $1.5 billion boost to the WA economy over the next four years.