Best in Class for Bankstown Campus at Boomtown! 2023

Nicholas Rupolo •
November 16, 2023

Western Sydney University Bankstown City Campus has taken out the Project of the Year Award at the Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue’s annual Boomtown! 2023 Property & Infrastructure Awards.

In front of 300 government, property, transport, infrastructure and community leaders, Western Sydney University and Walker Corporation received the award for its new $300 million world-class campus.

Combining high-level education and industry, the new campus brings students and industry partners together, enhancing the city’s reputation as a centre for activity and a place of collaboration.

Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue CEO, Adam Leto, congratulated Western Sydney University and Walker Corporation on the state-of-the-art campus, saying that it set the standard for tertiary education in Greater Western Sydney.

“Western Sydney University’s Bankstown City Campus is the transformative piece of infrastructure that will anchor the growth of Canterbury-Bankstown for decades to come,” Mr Leto said.

“The campus will educate, train and foster the development of tens of thousands of Western Sydney students as the region takes the next step toward becoming a global powerhouse.

“Boomtown! celebrates the projects that grow the cities of the West, and the Bankstown City Campus does just that.”

The 18-storey tower has nine levels for education and nine levels for industry. It exemplifies innovative and sustainable development, combining world-class architecture, design and the highest achievable sustainability credentials that will generate a range of social and economic benefits for the region.

Vice-Chancelor and President of Western Sydney University, Professor Barney Glover AO, said the University is delighted to accept the Project of the Year Award.

“Our high-rise, high-tech Bankstown City campus is a significant achievement that delivers positive benefits for the whole community,” said Professor Glover.

“Western Sydney University is proud to have partnered with Walker Corporation to deliver this transformational infrastructure in the heart of Bankstown CBD, helping to reinvent the city’s public spaces where people gather to work, live, socialise and learn.

“Importantly, the Bankstown City Campus is an exciting next chapter in Western Sydney University’s history that intensifies our long-standing educational commitment to Canterbury-Bankstown and Western Sydney.”

Chancellor Professor Jennifer Westacott AO said the campus is driving economic growth and opening up higher education and employment opportunities for Australia’s fastest-growing region.

“With capacity for 10,000 students, the Bankstown City Campus will deliver approximately $140 million in additional economic uplift for Canterbury-Bankstown and Western Sydney,” said Professor Westacott.

“Most critically, the campus is improving higher education equity and access – particularly for those from lower socio-economic backgrounds and those who are the first in their family to attend university.

“We hope that Bankstown City Campus will have a positive impact on graduation rates and employment outcomes for the people of south-west Sydney for generations to come.”