Lendlease selected to build Curtin University’s new facility

WCN Editorial Team 12 Apr 2019 OCEANIA BUILDINGS

Australian construction firm Lendlease has secured a contract from Curtin University to construct a building, which will house the university’s new School of Design and the Built Environment.

The A$110m ($78.7m) five-storey building comprises technology-driven collaborative learning spaces, open-plan workspaces and a dynamic ground floor featuring a central courtyard and exhibition and retail space.

Said to be the first development within the industry-connected innovation precinct, Exchange, the building has been designed by John Wardle Architects.

Curtin University vice-chancellor Deborah Terry said: "The new facility, located in the heart of Exchange, represented an exciting new paradigm for learning, teaching and industry as the first concentrated stage of development to be delivered in response to the Greater Curtin Master Plan.

“Curtin’s new industry-connected precinct called Exchange reflects the University’s vision to serve as a catalyst for innovation by creating a hub that encompasses public spaces, commercial offices, speciality retail shops, new student accommodation, residential apartments, a boutique hotel, our new bus interchange at Curtin Central, and food and beverage outlets.

“The new home of Curtin’s School of Design and the Built Environment sets a sophisticated, forward-looking and sustainable tone as the first major development for Exchange, which has a development value of $500 million for stage one.”

Construction of the facility is planned to commence this quarter.

Additionally, Curtin University has allotted integrated spaces totalling 2,500m² to industry and will be available for lease by complementary commercial tenants.

Lendlease Western Australian Building business general manager Chris Learmonth said that the firm plans to complete the building within two years.

Learmonth added: “This modern learning and teaching facility will play a critical role in bringing to life the University’s vision to become the epicentre of research and innovation in Western Australia."

The facility for The School of Design and the Built Environment is expected play a critical role in the development of a vibrant innovation precinct.

Recently, Lendlease inked a deal to develop the A$4bn (€2.5bn) Milan Innovation District (MIND), a new district for science, knowledge and innovation, on the former Expo site in Milan, Italy.

Image: Illustration of facility for Curtin University's School of Design and the Built Environment. Photo: courtesy of Curtin University.

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