The New South Wales Government has appointed an internationally recognised architecture firm to design an advanced manufacturing hub in the Bradfield City Centre, the new precinct being built next to the Western Sydney International Airport.
Hassell, designers of Sydney’s International Convention Centre at Darling Harbour and Perth’s Optus Stadium, were selected for the role.
The NSW Government has committed $47.8 million for the first building, which will include shared-use equipment allowing research institutions and industry to collaborate.
Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney Minister Stuart Ayres said appointing the architects for the Bradfield City Centre’s first building was a major step towards kicking off development of Australia’s most ambitious city-building project of the last century.
“In June the NSW Government committed $1.15 billion to kickstart the work on the Bradfield City Centre and we are fast out of the blocks on delivery with a design commission for a high-tech, share-use hub that will be the first building in Australia’s newest city,” Ayres said.
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“With the Bradfield City Centre land now transferred to New South Wales from the Commonwealth we can commence the design of our first building that will not only house industries of the future but will also provide a location for citizens to see our newest city come to life around them.
“The building will foster collaborative innovation between research institutions and industry partners,” he said. “The Bradfield City Centre will become a global hub for an advanced industry cluster including defence and aerospace industries, manufacturing and logistics, future transport industries, construction technology, and new energy and circular economy industries.”
The precinct is expected to support up to 17,600 highly skilled jobs.
Hassell Principal, Liz Westgarth, said the design of new development will showcase the vision and values of Bradfield.
“This advanced manufacturing hub will not only be a catalyst for high-value jobs and new industry, the design will also help facilitate collaboration and innovation between global industries. As it is the first building for the Bradfield City Centre it will also have a key focus on design and sustainability,” Westgarth said.
It is anticipated that the first building will be completed in 2023.