Curtin City Main Street

Project Description

The Curtin City Main Street will involve the redevelopment of the former central spine road and northern portion of the Curtin Bentley Campus, into a vibrant and active city centre.

The main street is Curtin University’s first project being delivered as part of its vision for ‘Curtin City’, therefore its success as an activation project is paramount. The project will include the delivery of a ‘shared space’ concept through the heart of Curtin City, and future-proofing for the Department of Transport’s light rail network, proposed to run-through the site, and integrate with a new bus transit centre.

Our Role

Appointed by Curtin University in mid-2012, NS Projects is managing the master-planning, design and delivery of the main street development, along with the preparation and implementation of a place activation plan for the Main Street Precinct.

NS Projects and the project team are working together to achieve the following:

  • Preparation of a forward works package to enable delivery of services and roads to Curtin’s School of Medicine and Alzheimer’s Australia WA site.
  • Preparation and implementation of a place activation plan, focused on creating the main street as a functional and vibrant space, whilst maximising the commercial viability of potential developments interfacing the precinct (i.e. preparation of business case and retail strategy).
  • Working with the master plan team to provide specific advice regarding the integration of the main street development into the overall Curtin City master plan.
  • Design, development and delivery of the main development works package, taking into account the recommendations of the place activation plan.
  • Managing the diverse expectations and requirements of multiple user groups including the Curtin City Council, staff & students, WAPC and local authorities.

Challenges Overcome

  • Interfacing the planning and design of the main street with the Curtin City master plan (separate team), as a concurrent process.
  • Staging of the main street and lot delivery, minimising disruption to the university’s operations.
  • Rationalising and realigning existing infrastructure to a consistent and accessible network alignment.
  • Planning and delivering of short, medium and long-term solutions for place activation.
  • Delivering functional and commercially attractive developments, whilst adhering to sustainability objectives.

Project Details

  • Name: Curtin City Main Street
  • Type: Master Planning
  • Client: Curtin University - Properties
  • Date: 2012 to 2015 (anticipated)
  • Role: Project Manager
  • Value: $30 million (est. Development Cost)