Architect Announced for $280m Western Sydney Innovation Hub


ASX-listed fund manager Charter Hall and Western Sydney University have announced the appointment of Tzannes and Blight Rayner Architecture as the design team for the new $280 million Engineering Innovation Hub in central Parramatta.

The proposed development, which will be located at 6 Hassall Street, will be tenanted by WSU and UNSW, catering to engineering and architecture students through a vertical campus offering.

Once realised, the 19-level building will offer a high performance, technology enabled, environmentally sustainable campus with integrated education facilities and commercial offices, providing 27,000sq m of lettable area.

The development is the next part of the city's growing educational precinct and will sit adjacent to the 26,500sq m 1PSQ tower Charter Hall has already developed for WSU.

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The vertical campus is being developed by Charter Hall's $1.5 billion direct office fund and WSU, in a first of its kind agreement for an Australian educational institution.

Western Sydney University and Charter Hall will evenly split the costs of development, making the university a co-owner.

“As one of the leading owners, managers and developers of education precincts in Australia, we have listened closely to determine what our education partners need and aspire to,” Charter Hall head of office development Andrew Borger said.

“We would also like to thank the NSW state government architect for coordinating the design excellence process, which has not only selected a winning architect but refined the design to maximise its educational and urban design potentials.”

Tzannes and Blight Rayner Architecture have designed the campus to reflect its engineering focus opening onto a public plaza and providing vast floor plates ranging from 1200 to 2000 square metres.

“The design incorporates innovative environmental strategies ranging from ‘carve-outs’ in the façade that penetrate daylight down into the basement, and multiple garden break-out terraces,” a spokesperson for the Tzannes + Blight Rayner team said.

The high-rise commercial office project has a large pre-lease commitment to WSU and will house a joint undergraduate engineering program along with WSU's architecture and business courses.

Construction of the innovation hub is expected to commence mid-year, with a builder yet to be appointed and is earmarked for completion by 2021.

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