An artist's impression of Curtin's Bentley campus redevelopment.

Curtin University’s Greater Curtin Master Plan has gained Australia’s first 5 Star Green Star – Communities rating.

The plan was created to turn the university’s Bentley campus into a vibrant “university city” complete with housing, light rail, civic, cultural, commercial and leisure. It will see 114 hectares of the campus transformed through urban regeneration over a 20-year period.

As Curtin University’s Professor Vanessa Rauland said in the Sustainable Precincts ebook, the plan intends to deliver an innovative “network of integrated infrastructure systems” to ensure growth occurs in an efficient, sustainable manner.

Features include high-performance buildings, diverse housing, precinct-scale sustainable energy systems, and integrated biodiversity and transport.

Curtin University vice-chancellor Professor Deborah Terry said the Communities rating was an important endorsement of the university’s vision.

“As a university we are continually striving to be leaders in research and education and the 5 Star Green Star – Communities rating validates our ambitions to develop a vibrant urban centre, while achieving our vision to change the world through innovation and excellence,” Professor Terry said. “To be the first project in Australia to receive the rating is a significant achievement.”

Green Building Council of Australia chief executive Romilly Madew said the plan was assessed against benchmarks around governance and innovation, design excellence, environmental sustainability, economic prosperity and liveability.

“We applaud the leadership demonstrated by Curtin University, and also acknowledge the hard work and commitment of the project team responsible for delivering this outstanding result,” Ms Madew said.

See the plan here.