Sci­en­tific ad­vance­ment

Joondalup Weekender - - FRONT PAGE - Lucy Jarvis

STU­DENTS study­ing science, med­i­cal or nurs­ing cour­ses at ECU Joon­dalup from 2020 are ex­pected to ben­e­fit from a $48 mil­lion science fa­cil­ity.

The five-level science build­ing will in­clude 2500sq m of lab­o­ra­tory space over two floors, with an­other 3600sq m over two floors avail­able for sci­en­tists and stu­dents to work with the cy­ber se­cu­rity in­dus­try.

Com­mer­cial and gov­ern­ment agen­cies have al­ready shown in­ter­est in join­ing the hub at ECU, which is a global leader in cy­ber se­cu­rity re­search.

The build­ing de­signed by Sil­ver Thomas Han­ley Ar­chi­tects will fea­ture the el­e­ments of the pe­ri­odic ta­ble on its fa­cade.

“The new science build­ing will give our stu­dents ac­cess to these spe­cial­ist lab­o­ra­to­ries for the first time,” ECU vice-chan­cel­lor Steve Chap­man said.

The Metro North-West De­vel­op­ment As­sess­ment Panel ap­proved plans for the site on Lake­side Drive last week.

Spe­cial­ist panel mem­ber Fred Zuide­veld said he was dis­ap­pointed there was lit­tle ex­ter­nal cover over the foot­path for pedes­tri­ans.

PTS Town Plan­ning di­rec­tor Peter Simp­son said trees along the carpark on the east­ern side would pro­vide shade.

Joon­dalup Coun­cil­lor Chris­tine Hamil­ton-Prime, who de­clared an in­ter­est as an ECU grad­u­ate, moved the rec­om­men­da­tion to ap­prove the plan.

Cr Hamil­ton-Prime said she was con­cerned about the “lack of cov­er­age from tor­ren­tial rain” but gen­er­ally thought it would be a “good look­ing build­ing”.

As well as the eight con­di­tions rec­om­mended by City of Joon­dalup staff, the panel asked the ap­pli­cant to con­sider adding shade and shel­ter el­e­ments and to pro­vide a waste man­age­ment plan.

An artist’s im­pres­sion of the ECU science build­ing.

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