Murdoch University has unveiled proposals to transform the eastern end of its campus in order to expand its core activities of high quality research and teaching.
The University’s Vice Chancellor Professor Richard Higgott said the development of the Eastern Precinct would establish Murdoch as a premier knowledge hub, creating an inspiring Australian destination for innovation and learning.
The plans include creating Murdoch Square, which will be lined with multi-use facilities anchored by core educational and research uses and complemented by appropriate commercial usage, including retail, civic and a range of accommodation types to suit the varied student and workforce communities attracted to the area.
The University is now consulting with its staff and students, the wider community and stakeholders on its plans for the Eastern Precinct which is adjacent to the St John of God and Fiona Stanley Hospitals.
Professor Higgott said: “We are blessed with a distinctive setting at Murdoch University and want to build on our vibrant culture by developing multi-use facilities which will make the University campus an attractive place to visit as well as learn and research.
“Its proximity to St John of God and the Fiona Stanley Hospital offers the perfect opportunity to develop integrated research and commercial activity that serves the interests of the university campus, the hospital campus and the thousands of people who will work on both campuses over the coming years.
“We intend to create a pedestrian-friendly town centre while ensuring the development is fully integrated ecologically with the wider campus, including its wetlands and bush.
“We very much welcome community comment and suggestions on our proposals which have been inspired by similar developments currently being undertaken in numerous major university centres around the world.”
The proposals are central to the University’s current reform agenda, which aims to enhance Murdoch’s core activities of research, teaching and community engagement.
Members of the public, Murdoch staff and students and stakeholders have until Monday, August 20, to make comment on the plans. All feedback will be incorporated into a final proposal for the Eastern Precinct, which will be presented to Murdoch University’s Senate for endorsement later in 2012.
The proposals for the University’s Eastern Precinct are running in tandem with, and are intended to complement, the State Government’s Murdoch Activity Structure Plan.