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08 June 2019 Posted by 

WSU PUSHES ON WITH CBD FACILITIES

Strategy to create world class hub
RED DWYER
WESTERN Sydney University is pushing ahead with new education facilities in Parramatta and Bankstown as part of its Western Growth strategy and boost the future of their CBDs.
Design team, Tzannes + Blight Rayner Architecture, has won the design excellence competition to create the Engineering Innovation Hub in the heart of the Parramatta CBD.
 
WSU said the world-class hub would be an Australian-first – a high performance, technology enabled, environmentally sustainable vertical campus with integrated education facilities and commercial offices.
 
It would be delivered through a joint venture between Western Sydney University and UNSW Sydney in collaboration with Charter Hall. 
 
“The new integrated education facility will cater for WSU and UNSW’s education and teaching requirements through the 28,500-square-metre vertical campus and provide office space for commercial tenancy,” said WSU vice-chancellor and president, Professor Barney Glover.
 
The collaboration follows the partnership with Charter Hall on WSU’s nearby Parramatta City campus in the Peter Shergold building which embeds the university in the social, economic and cultural life of the city, the university said.
 
Another example of the university embedding itself in the future of a city is the release of concept plans for a high-rise campus in the Bankstown CBD
 
“Bankstown City campus will offer highly-accessible, technology-rich teaching and research facilities, and will provide our students with the opportunity to engage in work-integrated learning and collaborative research partnerships,” Professor Glover said.
 
WSU said the campus, which would “revitalise” the CBD precinct, was set to open for teaching in early 2022.
 
The construction of the CBD campus spells the closure of the Milperra campus.
 
The Parramatta and Bankstown campuses form part of the university’s Western Growth strategy – a program of works which aims to reshape its campus network, including establishing new vertical campuses within the growth centres of Western Sydney. 
 
A Deloitte Access Economics (2017) study found the combined campuses of Bankstown and Liverpool (opened in 2018) could contribute an estimated $54m to the economy of South-West Sydney.


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