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.