The Cairns Masterplan Refresh project aims to enable the realization of JCU’s strategic intent and vision through a physical development framework. The refresh project will enhance and build on the existing 2010 Cairns masterplan to deliver an agile, sustainable, digitally enabled, student centric campus that engages with its unique tropical setting and local industries.

Since the formation of the 2010 Cairns Campus masterplan, several key initiatives have come to realisation including:

  • a new campus main entrance with public transport corridor and bus station (Panguna Street);
  • a new boulevard connecting Panguna Street to the campus ring road;
  • Student accommodation on the MacGregor Road frontage;
  • Centre of Excellence (The Cairns Institute – TCI); and
  • Design has commenced on the $30M Cairns Innovation Centre (CIC) which will be constructed adjacent to the TCI through 2018/19.

The Masterplan Refresh will be a catalyst for incubating strategic partnerships with stakeholders whom identify with the strategic intent of the University, diversify and strengthen JCU’s position as one of the world’s top universities based on 2016 assessments by one of the world’s leading ranking systems (ARWU).

What does the campus mean for you?

The JCU Cairns Campus Masterplan Refresh will be ‘student centric’ and embrace and invigorate the student experience. It will activate campus life, improve the learning and research environs and integrate academic and residential life. The Cairns Masterplan refresh will include
a strong focus on landscape planning and will enable the realisation of JCU’s strategic intent and vision through a physical development framework.

From an academic facility perspective, JCU is focused on creating flexible learning environments that support new modes of teaching and technologies.

The Cairns Masterplan Refresh project will involve consultation with the JCU Cairns community where you will have the opportunity to get involved. This site will be updated with the latest news and progress to keep you informed.

Who is the Masterplan Refresh Team?

JCU has engaged Richard Kirk Architect (KIRK), Sasaki and Charles Wright Architect (CWA) to undertake a refresh of the Cairns Campus Master Plan.

KIRK brings over twenty years of experience to bear on the complex issues raised by the master planning, design, documentation and implementation of educational buildings and workspace design. KIRK specialise in projects that are public in nature and meaningful by design with significant recent university developments in tropical and sub-tropical climates at University of Queensland, Queensland University of Technology and the Nanyang Technical University in Singapore. www.kirk.studio

CWA is a local Cairns based architectural practice with a focus on iconic innovative solutions with enduring and inspiring qualities. CWA considers designing a collaborative process, actively working closely with stakeholders, consultants and contractors. www.wrightarchitects.com.au

SASAKI has a distinguished place in the history of planning and design for higher education, with master plans, landscapes, and buildings completed for over 500 academic institutions world-wide. Sasaki firmly believe that today’s campus is more than a platform for learning: it’s a training ground for life. Sasaki is a diverse and multi- faceted firm that brings a broad range of disciplines and experience to the campus planning process, including educational planning, programming, campus planning, architecture, landscape architecture, engineering and graphic design.

How long will the masterplan refresh take?

The Cairns Campus Masterplan Refresh is programmed to run over a 6-month period through a process of interactive workshops with relevant internal and external stakeholders.

2016 Cairns Campus 3D Model