23 OCTOBER 2014
Developer Mulpha today launched its vision to transform the 377 hectare masterplanned Norwest Business Park into a world-leading innovation, lifestyle and economic hub, encompassing all the features of a ‘Smart City’.
Mulpha Norwest Executive General Manager, Tim Spencer said Mulpha is committed to delivering a highly desirable and liveable Smart City at Norwest, which will provide new age jobs, supported by a new age entrepreneurial workforce, be a beacon of modern education and innovation, and engender a strong sense of community amongst both residents and workers.
“To achieve this, Mulpha is working creatively with a broad team of outstanding Australian and international experts in health and education, architecture, planning and engineering to re-envision how people will live, work and play in the future. From this start, we are seeking to further engage with both state and local governments to refine and ensure holistic implementation,” Mr Spencer said.
Mulpha will use its $3+billion investment pipeline to foster Norwest’s development into one of Sydney’s most vibrant communities using innovative design, technology and collaboration.
Norwest is strategically located in Sydney’s vital economic corridor, between Sydney’s CBD, Parramatta, Hornsby, the growth precincts of the west and the second international airport. Norwest is a key element of state and local government’s long-term growth plans*, and a major beneficiary of Sydney’s biggest infrastructure investments and Government’s continued focus.
Infrastructure committed and currently under implementation includes the $8b Sydney Metro North West Rail project, a further $3.6b of infrastructure upgrades to western Sydney roads and the $20b new Western Sydney Airport. The acknowledgement of the potential and importance of Norwest will continue to direct focus on further major road works such as Norwest Boulevard.
Norwest will be increasingly accessible via two new Metro stations, T-Way buses and extensive motorway upgrades. The stations – Norwest and Bella Vista – on the Sydney Metro North West Line will be operational from 2019, with turn-up-and-go rapid transit services running through the North West corridor onto Chatswood and the Sydney CBD.
“As Sydney’s population and economic centre moves west, our vision is to create a highly desirable work and lifestyle destination that will attract entrepreneurial workers and industries of the future, including world-leading innovation enterprises,” Mr Spencer said.
“In response to the State Government’s Plan for Growing Sydney 2036, we are aiming to deliver a unique education and upskilling platform to be the basis of an evolution from the knowledge-based workforce into an entrepreneurial economy, opening up the future for 60,000+ new age jobs, from the current 30,000.
Mr Spencer said the masterplan is also delivering the diversity of housing required to meet the demands of its increasing residential population, forecast to increase from 6,000 today to more than 20,000+ residents.
“It is all about connectivity, in terms of living, working, transport and the environment. This is how people want to live and work into the future, and how businesses will thrive in the digital age, so we are providing the physical and non-physical infrastructure to enable this to happen.”
The physical transformation of Norwest will integrate the redevelopment of Norwest Marketown; the development of The Greens residential precinct; the redevelopment of the Circa commercial, retail and retirement precinct; the revitalisation of Norwest’s network of walkways and cycleways and a concept to drive daily activation of Bella Vista Farm Park.
This carefully planned built form environment will offer seamless living, working and recreational spaces, with over 50 hectares of public open space, activated public parks and plazas, and a vibrant social, food and entertainment culture.
The entire community will be connected by intertwining 50 km of pathways and cycleways, creating a truly walkable and cyclable city, actively encouraging residents and workers to stroll between the integrated precincts.
Mulpha has engaged consultants to investigate Smart City innovations including driverless shuttles, a fully integrated transport strategy, installation of healthcare technology for healthy living and ageing in place, off-grid energy options, and high speed public zone WiFi.
“Mulpha is also tackling how all this ties up with the Internet of Things (IoT) in order to harness big data and the policies around disseminating this through live portals,” said Mr Spencer.
“But our commitment to creating a new model of a city extends well beyond the physical infrastructure. We are working in collaboration with some of the best thought leaders in Australia and overseas to establish a new life-long approach connecting education, research, product development, business and most importantly a new-age, smart and innovative workforce.
“Through our own version of an Innovation Incubation Club (IIC) we aim to foster continued worker upskilling and an entrepreneurial culture. Programs such as mentoring schemes, business placements, and capability programs for individuals as well as small to medium businesses will deliver the knowledge, skills and emotional intelligence for a new redefined future.”
Norwest is 377 hectares, the size of Sydney’s CBD, with 180 hectares of business land, 151 hectares of residential land and 46 hectares of waterways, walking trails and parks, including the historic Bella Vista Farm Park.
Mulpha, developers of Norwest, is committed to long-term value creation with its focus on high-end property development and investment, retirement, healthcare, infrastructure and civil construction. It invests in some of the fastest growing and most vibrant economies in the world.
*A Plan for Growing Sydney; The Hills Shire Council’s Corridor Strategy; Draft West Central District Plan; Department of Planning and Transport NSW Station Structure Plans
For further information and to speak to Mulpha Norwest Executive General Manager Tim Spencer, contact Sarah Peattie on 0412 239 633.