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Edith Cowan University (ECU) and student accommodation specialist, Campus Living Villages (CLV) have officially celebrated the opening of the East Tower, a brand new addition to ECU Village on the Joondalup campus.
On 1 October, ECU’s Chancellor, Hon. Dr Hendy Cowan AO, and Vice Chancellor and President, Professor Steve Chapman, were joined by Member for Moore, Ian Goodenough MP and CLV’s Chief Executive Officer, Michael Heffernan, to officially open the site.
“Not only does this new facility offer a range of studio and multi-bed apartments, it also adds significant amenity to all students who reside here on campus at ECU Joondalup,” said Mr Heffernan.
“The swimming pool, a communal kitchen, TV lounge room, games room, and a number of study spaces scattered throughout the six floors, all help to create an environment that supports students as they live, learn, and grow. We are very proud to have expanded our excellent partnership with ECU with the opening of this quality facility,” he said.
Commenting on the development, Professor Chapman said, “When I first came to Perth from Scotland earlier this year, one of the things I noticed was very high standard of facilities at ECU. Vice-Chancellors in the UK would kill to have buildings of this quality.”
“But it’s not just bricks and mortar. I applaud CLV for its ‘Live Learn Grow’ program and its strategy to create a friendly atmosphere, encouraging good study habits and developing life skills,” he said.
Fuelled by student demand for quality on-campus accommodation, as well as an innovative student-focused marketing campaign, the 127-bed building achieved 100% occupancy in its first year, after opening its doors in January 2015.
The East Tower is partly funded under the National Rental Affordability Scheme (NRAS), an initiative launched by the Australian Government to reduce rental costs for low and mid-income earners.
Environmental sustainability was also a key focus, with the development featuring a high efficiency central gas hot water plant, external sunshades, ceiling fans to reduce the need for air conditioning and LED lighting throughout.
The East Tower increases the number of on-campus beds available to ECU students to 850 across three ECU campuses.
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