Territorians are celebrating the rapid developments taking place on the Charles Darwin University’s (CDU) city campus build – the largest construction project underway in Darwin’s CBD, and one that will transform the city for decades to come.
At a special event held today, Minister for Business, Jobs and Training Paul Kirby joined CDU Vice-Chancellor Scott Bowman and the Federal Member for Solomon, Luke Gosling MP to survey progress on the $250 million Education and Community Precinct.
More than 8,216m3 of concrete and 86,450 hours of on-site labour have gone into the build across the project’s lifetime so far, with four floors now complete.
Concrete slabs have been poured for both basements and the first two levels, with formwork including lift cores and stairwells progressing to level three and scaffolding reaching level four.
Both tower cranes and the concrete tower pump are now in operation.
Ongoing works to complete the nine-level structure include installation of the external façade, the building’s fit out and landscaping works, which are expected to be completed in early 2024.
The Education and Community Precinct is the centrepiece of the Darwin City Deal – the partnership between the Australian and Northern Territory governments and the City of Darwin to invest in transformational projects that make more liveable, sustainable and connected cities.
Once complete, the new city campus will be a significant driver of economic, social and cultural opportunities for Darwin, and the whole of Northern Australia, cementing the community’s future capacity to thrive, grow and prosper.
Quotes attributable to NT Business, Jobs and Training Minister Paul Kirby:
“The Northern Territory Government is backing Darwin to be the capital of Northern Australia.
“As the structure of the Precinct begins to take its place in the Darwin City skyline, we are seeing the delivery of a new modern and innovation learning environment.
“Upon completion, the campus will enhance Charles Darwin University’s attractiveness as a study institution of choice, as well as creating spaces for the broader community to enjoy and spreading activity to more areas of the Central Business District.
“With more people expected to be living, working and studying in Darwin City, the Northern Territory Government continues to invest in key places including State Square, Cavenagh Street and Austin Lane to revitalise the city, and encourage people and businesses to set roots here.”
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