Walker Corporation is working on a $340 million vertical campus in Bankstown ahead of final development approval anticipated in early December.
The project, in partnership with Western Sydney University, will have capacity for up to 10,000 students and 1,000 staff and is expected to open in the second half of 2022.
The private developer started early works on the project this week, which will include spaces for teaching, research and conferences along with communal and informal learning areas as well as a series of indoor and outdoor terraces.
The building’s sustainability features include the capture and re-use of rainwater, as well as innovative thermal and lighting systems and solar roof panels.
This project is part of wider infrastructure initiatives for Western Sydney University with a number of private-public partners, including its $350 million joint venture with Charter Hall on an innovation precinct at Westmead.
Walker Corporation executive chairman Lang Walker said this project will help revitalise Bankstown’s CBD into a well-connected town centre.
“When the campus is complete and fully activated, it will deliver about $140 million a year in additional economic uplift to the Canterbury-Bankstown economy and the wider region,” Walker said.
“The campus will also be one of Sydney’s most well-connected places with the future Sydenham to Bankstown Metro line on its doorstep.”
Walker Corporation’s other major project in Sydney underway is the Parramatta Square development which aims to create a “second CBD” in Sydney.
WSU vice-chancellor and president, Prof Barney Glover, said the Bankstown campus is latest in the university’s suite of world-class, vertical campuses for the Western Sydney region.
“Like the Parramatta City and Liverpool City campuses, the 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,” Glover said.
Vertical campus buildings are gaining in popularity across Australian tertiary institutions, with Queensland’s Griffith University unveiling plans for a 55-storey campus in Brisbane and Edith Cowan University in Perth planning a $695 million vertical campus in the WA capital’s CBD.