Walker Corporation and Western Sydney University have celebrated their success in taking out the UDIA NSW Excellence In Social and Community Infrastructure Award for their Bankstown City Campus.
The high-rise is the University’s newest vertical campus and will drive economic growth and open higher education and employment opportunities for Australia’s fastest-growing region.
The 18-storey, technology-rich campus delivered in partnership with Lyons and HDR includes 26,000m² of state-of-the-art facilities cementing Western Sydney’s transformation into a thriving academic, innovation and research precinct.
With capacity for up to 10,000 students and 1,000 staff, the Bankstown City campus will deliver approximately $140 million a year in additional economic uplift to Canterbury-Bankstown and Western Sydney. It has been awarded a 6-Star Green Star design rating, representing 'World Leadership' in environmentally sustainable building practices.
Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Barney Glover AO, said the Bankstown City campus is a significant achievement that delivers positive outcomes for the whole community.
“Western Sydney University is proud to partner with Walker Corporation to deliver transformational infrastructure in the heart of the region’s key growth centres, helping to reinvent our cities’ public spaces where people gather to work, live, socialise and learn,” said Professor Glover.
“The Bankstown City campus is an exciting next chapter that intensifies the University’s long-standing educational commitment to Bankstown and Milperra. It allows us to continue to improve higher education equity and access, particularly for those from lower socio-economic backgrounds and those who are the first in their family to attend university, and to boost graduation rates and employment outcomes for the people of south-west Sydney for generations to come.”
Walker Corporation Executive Chairman, Lang Walker AO said Walker and Western Sydney University have created a campus that connects students with future employment opportunities.
“We are proud to deliver quality infrastructure in the heart of Bankstown giving local families the opportunity to have their kids educated from kindergarten to a university degree and onto employment,” said Mr Walker.
“Western Sydney University will deliver world class education at this campus from 2023 and will be complemented by nine levels of premium commercial office space providing a direct pathway to great careers after graduation.”
Finalist and Winning categories include:
- Winner, Excellence in Social & Community Infrastructure
- Finalist, Excellence in Mixed-Use Developments
- Finalist, Excellence in Design
Western Sydney University Bankstown City Campus also took home Best Sustainable/Innovation Development at the annual Urban Taskforce Development Excellence Awards.