New bird’s eye view as CDU city campus climbs high

New aerial photo reveals the progress of construction of Charles Darwin University’s (CDU) city campus, as works commence on level seven.

New drone footage has revealed a sweeping bird’s eye view as construction of Charles Darwin University’s (CDU) CBD campus, the Education and Community Precinct, climbs higher in the Darwin skyline.

The aerial photo was taken by builder Halikos as they surveyed the site and offers a sky-high perspective, as works progress.

CDU Vice-Chancellor Scott Bowman said the city campus was already making a mark in the Darwin CBD, and once complete it will offer many educational, economic and community-centred benefits to Darwin and the Northern Territory.

“The precinct is hard to miss when you’re driving down Cavenagh street in the Darwin CBD, and soon it will be a drawcard not only for Territorians, but for people coming from interstate and overseas for a unique education,” Professor Bowman said.

“As a gateway into the city, this new campus will make the statement that Darwin is the leading location for higher education and scientific research in Northern Australia.”

Last month, 606 cubic metres of concrete were poured, across level six. High level services installation, which includes hydraulics, mechanical ductwork, fire services, electrical and communications are also progressing well up the structure.

Structural top out of the building is expected to be complete in the next month.

“The new campus will support our students and academics with state-of-the-art facilities to enhance education, and will ensure NT businesses have the skilled workforce they need now and into the future,” Professor Bowman said.

“We are looking forward to a great Topping Out ceremony, celebrating the completion of the superstructure in the Dry Season.”

‘Topping out’ traditionally refers to the completion of the structural phase of a construction project, and it typically involves the installation of the final piece of major structure, as well as the planting of a tree.

The Precinct, which is the centrepiece of the Darwin City Deal – the partnership between the Australian and Northern Territory governments to invest in transformational projects – will be a noteworthy driver of economic, social and cultural opportunities for Darwin, and the whole of Northern Australia.

Once complete in 2024, the modern city campus will provide innovative teaching and learning spaces for CDU, a new purpose-built home for the Northern Territory Library, and vibrant community spaces to make Darwin a more liveable and thriving city.