An industry-led living lab where businesses, researchers, students and trainees work side-by-side developing new ideas, learning pathways, products and services with commercial application. The Hub will anchor STEMM disciplines in regional NSW, linking job-ready graduates with local employers and support to create their own technology start-ups.
The 17,270m2 facility features a major prototyping centre for students, researchers and resident companies, offering flexible research laboratories, formal and informal learning and collaboration spaces. It will achieve a Six-star Green Building Council of Australia rating through the design, build and operation.
- $207 million project value, the largest ever capital works investment for the University • Enabling works commenced. Application for State Significant Development under assessment, approval anticipated early Q3 2020
- Up to 2,100 new jobs during construction, scheduled to begin immediately following planning approvals
- Will accommodate 2,300 staff, students, researchers and industry partners
- Improve access for regional and Indigenous students and businesses to STEMM disciplines and workforce
“STEMM skills power global economies into the future by underpinning emerging knowledge industries like advanced manufacturing. These skills also drive Australia’s competitive advantage in established industries like agriculture, healthcare and resources. This investment will reinforce our place on the research and education world stage.”
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COVID-19 has underlined the importance and urgency of diversifying the Hunter economy and increasing onshore production capabilities – challenges this project directly targets. The pandemic has also significantly impacted the University’s revenues and financing capacity. The project, the immediate jobs it creates and the economic stimulus to regional NSW are now at risk of delay and being scaled back without support.