A $695 million vertical Edith Cowan University campus will be built in Perth CBD as part of a $1.5 billion City Deal.
The cornerstone of the joint-government deal will see the ECU City Campus built opposite Yagan Square adjoining Perth Railway Station.
The new campus adds to a suite of economic stimulus in central Perth, including $360 million for Curtin University to build a new precinct and Murdoch University to also build a vertical campus and e-sports stadium.
There is also $105 million for upgrading cycling and walking infrastructure along with $250 million for arts, recreation, cultural and other projects.
There have already been nine City Deals funded in partnership between the Commonwealth, state and local governments which has delivered projects such as Townsville's North Queensland Stadium and the Western Sydney Aerotropolis.
The ECU City Campus is expected to attract more than 10,000 people and will become the university’s creative industries, business and technology precinct. The campus is set to open in early 2025.
The plans for the campus are in the early stages but already show two towers taller than Dexus’ 19-storey Kings Square 1 building, located nearby at 556 Wellington Street.
There is also a major performing arts centre set to provide space for more than 300 public performances, attracting 100,000 visitors annually.
As part of the deal, the university will vacate one of its other inner city campuses to make way for the extension of Mount Lawley Senior High School which will be redeveloped by the state government.
Edith Cowan University will contribute $300 million to the project, while the federal government will contribute $245 million as part of the Perth City Deal, and the state government will provide in-kind support through the provision of land.
Vice-chancellor of ECU Professor Steve Chapman said the campus will focus on arts, design, broadcasting, indigenous research, business, law and technology.
“We are thrilled that our vision for WA’s first comprehensive city campus will be a reality,” Chapman said.
“ECU City Campus will naturally be a drawcard for students and academics, but it will also provide enormous opportunities for industry integration, including areas like cyber security ensuring the development of a future-fit workforce.”
ECU City Campus follows recently-lodged plans for a $1 billion residential development at the former Perth Girls’ School, Blackburne's $300 million apartment project in Claremont and a boom in land sales off the back of record government stimulus.