Canadian design firm Stantec has been appointed as lead engineer for the Edith Cowan University (ECU) City in Perth, Western Australia.

The contract was awarded through one of five major contracts awarded in the $1.12bn (A$1.5bn) Perth City Deal.

The company is part of a consortium of local, national, and international architects and engineers appointed to design the $513.38m (A$695m) project.

Under the contract, Stantec will be responsible for providing civil and structural engineering along with building and traffic planning services for the project.

The 60,000m2 ECU City will feature adaptive and energy efficient climate control with natural ventilation.

It will also include digital hub for global business education, motion capture film studio, spatial sound lab, Cyber Security Operations Centre, and next generation technology programmes and labs.

Stantec stated that the ECU city will be Western Australia’s first comprehensive city centre university campus.

The concept designs for the new university campus have been submitted as part of the Development Application process.

Australian architectural firm Lyons, architect Haworth Tompkins, and Silver Thomas Hanley are appointed as the design team for the project.

Additionally, Donald Cant Watts Corke is providing quantity surveying services at the site and Marshall Day has been appointed to provide acoustic engineering for the City campus.

Construction work on the project is anticipated to commence this year and is planned to be opened in 2025.

Furthermore, the new university campus aims to attract more than 9,000 students and staff by 2025 and grow to more than 11,000 students and staff by 2034.


Rendering of the new ECU City in Perth, Western Australia. Credit: Stantec.