Newcastle university reaches for top with vertical CBD campus

NEWCASTLE university has unveiled plans for its new $95 million "vertical campus" to be built in the CBD.

The 10-storey high construction will include space for the university's business and law programs, digital library services and information commons, collaborative learning and research spaces and facilities for engagement with industry, business and the community.

The contemporary design features "double-height lookouts" that take advantage of landmarks.

The university will contribute $40 million towards the project, while another $30 million has been sourced through the Education Investment Fund Regional Priorities Round, and another $25 million through the NSW government.

The university is looking to have the development application approved between April and June and finish the project by October 2016.

The unveiling of its plans follows the news last week that the state government was planning to build three residential towers in the CBD, which would need building height restrictions softened across the city.

The three towers, standing at 19, 15 and 14 storeys high, along with the university, will form the backbone of the government's plan to revitalise the city.

■ Newcastle east end businesses have been invited to attend an unveiling of UrbanGrowth NSW and GPT concept masterplans tonight, Wednesday, March 19. The development application for the residential, retail and commercial components will be lodged with Newcastle council soon.

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