This project leads the thinking in placemaking philosophies for universities. Stage 1 of the ambitious Greater Curtin Masterplan adds significant commercial and residential space to the Curtin University Bentley Campus, Perth.
ARM’s task is to develop specific guidelines from an existing masterplan, embellishing and adapting it to suit market requirements. The development guidelines consider precinct-level and lot-level design, place management and governance.
The place-driven strategy for the first-stage precinct focuses on active living and community, linking in with the existing Curtin Stadium precinct and the wider campus. There is the opportunity for food markets, a climbing wall, an outdoor cinema, courts for various ball games and designated yoga space.
Stage 1 development is anticipated to include student housing, residential and short-stay apartments, commercial office space, retail and student amenities. There is also the opportunity for incubation spaces (i.e. premises for start-up technology firms straddling the university and commercial sectors).
Now that the development guidelines are complete, Stage 1 is currently out to market. Curtin has engaged ARM to prepare a similar guidelines document for the development of the Bentley campus academic heart precinct. This plan will set out the framework for significant new development in the core of historic buildings and green spaces at the centre of the campus.