Curtin University is set to expand its Perth city presence under a lease agreement with Brookfield on 137 St Georges Terrace, a building that holds historical significance for the University.
The University will use the premises to deliver postgraduate courses and professional development programs, and will enhance Curtin’s engagement and collaboration with city-based businesses and industry, and government.
Curtin University Vice-Chancellor Professor Deborah Terry said she was delighted the University will further expand and strengthen its city presence.
“137 St Georges Terrace is positioned in the heart of Perth’s business district and will provide opportunities for us to achieve deeper collaboration and engagement with the business community, and make Curtin more accessible to industry,” Professor Terry said.
“Curtin will offer a range of programs from each of our four faculties varying in length, aimed at up-skilling, cross-skilling and re-skilling professionals to enable them to adapt and progress in new and changing markets.”
Courses will include Curtin’s Executive Education Programs, and the University is developing learning offerings for professionals in the areas of Internet of Things, predictive analytics, data visualisation, subsea engineering and design thinking.
Constructed in 1909, 137 St Georges Terrace was built to meet the demand for student places at Perth Technical School, which was housed in the adjacent premises, Old Perth Boys’ School. It was later renamed Perth Technical College and the College was later absorbed into the Western Australian Institute of Technology (WAIT), Curtin’s predecessor institution.
The 465m2 building will be refurbished to include a reception area, a boardroom and customised learning spaces. The internal fit out will also be designed to enhance the heritage features of the premises.
Works on the building are expected to commence in late 2018 with completion anticipated by mid-2019.
The University established Curtin St Georges Terrace in 2016, under a lease agreement with the National Trust of Australia (WA) at the Old Perth Boys’ School, which is next to 137 St Georges Terrace. Curtin’s other city premises include the Graduate School of Business at 78 Murray Street and the Curtin University Law School at 58 Murray Street.