Wednesday, 18 March 2009
In response to increasing demand for student housing, Edith Cowan University (ECU) has contracted Campus Living Villages (CLV) to build and operate new student accommodation at the Mount Lawley Campus.
The proposed 355-bed building includes a mix of one, three, four and five bedroom apartments, resident common areas, a pool, landscaping and a café.
The new development will boost accommodation numbers at ECU Mount Lawley to more than 500, bringing the total on-campus capacity at ECU to over 700.
The project is valued at $38 million, including site works and the new development.
Under the partnership, CLV will also take on the management of all existing student accommodation at ECU’s Mount Lawley, Joondalup and Bunbury campuses.
ECU Vice-Chancellor, Professor Kerry Cox says that this new development is a response to high demand for on-campus accommodation.
“The rental market in Perth has tightened considerably in recent years and on-campus accommodation provides an affordable, convenient and secure solution for students relocating to study,” he said.
“ECU’s Student Villages provide a safe, caring and culturally supportive environment for all residents and we are pleased to be able to extend this service to more students.”
In line with ECU’s focus on sustainability, the new accommodation will feature grey water recycling, rain water harvesting, and water and energy efficient fittings and appliances.
Australian CEO of CLV, Martin Earp says Campus Living Villages has a strong track record in providing quality accommodation for tertiary institutions here and overseas.
“We offer universities tailored accommodation solutions that meet the needs of each organisation,” he said.
It is estimated that the new accommodation at Mount Lawley will be ready for the start of 2011, subject to planning approval.
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