The ACT Government has announced that a contract has been signed with Lendlease Building for the delivery of the new Woden CIT campus, marking a milestone in the renewal of Woden town centre.
“The CIT Woden project and new public transport interchange is a major catalyst for the regeneration of Woden town centre,” said Skills Minister Chris Steel.
“It will create 520 local jobs and apprenticeships, support 6,500 students in a modern smart campus, provide a new light rail-ready transit interchange, and green spaces for all to enjoy.
“We are confident that Lendlease will be able to deliver the new campus and the next stage of the transit interchange. The new delivery approach, combining the design and construction of the two parts of the enclosure, will ensure that they are well integrated and meet the community’s priorities for large public spaces.
The partnership with Lendlease will provide a 22,500 square meter CIT Woden campus which includes:
- a 6-star Greenstar building achieved through the use of more sustainable building materials, including a wooden superstructure, green concrete, all electrical systems, electric vehicle chargers and interior gardens
- a youth hostel to house up to 20 young people at risk during their studies or training
- a pedestrian boulevard connecting the interchange to Woden Town Square
- a new Bowes and Bradley Street local shared area
- a target of 10-15% women working on the project and a target of 10% workforce made up of interns and apprentices, including CIT students
“Based on community feedback, the project will also include a large weatherproof canopy linking the campus and interchange, more greenery and stronger connections to existing businesses and services,” said Minister Steel.
While work is underway on campus and the interchange, a temporary bus interchange will be constructed over a section of the Matilda Street parking lot to separate buses and passengers from the construction area. This responds to community feedback on security and access during the first phase of exchange work over the past 12 months.
The updated delivery schedule means that most of the new interchange will be operational in 2024, with the final stops coming online in 2025 with the new CIT campus.
“CIT Woden will usher in a new era for skills and training in Canberra and a new future for Woden as a great place to live, work and study,” said Minister Steel.
“There will be further opportunities for the community to have a say in the draft design of the project once it is developed by our delivery partner Lendlease.”
Award Lendlease Managing Director, Building, David Paterson
“We look forward to working with the ACT Government to deliver a new, contemporary and sustainable CIT campus in the heart of Woden that will meet the growing needs of the community and support the wider revitalization of Woden town centre,” said Paterson. .
“Lendlease is targeting an approximate 60% reduction in embodied carbon in the structure of the CIT Woden building by leveraging our world-leading capability in sustainable construction.