23 March 2018
Property developer and manager of premium property and lifestyle investments, Mulpha Australia, has made education a key pillar of its business strategy, according to Mulpha Norwest Executive General Manager Tim Spencer.
“Education is becoming a crucial ingredient across all of our businesses including real estate, tourism, aged care/retirement and property development,” said Mr Spencer.
“It is a key element in creating great communities, urban environments and driving the knowledge economy of today into the entrepreneurial economy of the future.”
“Mulpha’s holistic approach is based on the desire to drive lifelong education opportunities and integrate this concept into the culture of our communities,” Mr Spencer said.
“At its Norwest redevelopment in Sydney, Mulpha is excited to see construction has commenced on the new Bella Vista Primary School and, following discussions with the Greater Sydney Commission, is investigating the potential for a Secondary School at Norwest.
“Mulpha is also engaged in the delivery of a digital learning program for school aged children which will target expansion throughout Australasia, and hopefully make a difference to millions of students,” Mr Spencer said.
“Moving through to tertiary level education, Mulpha’s interest has expanded beyond its current hospitality platforms to include a visionary Innovation Incubation Club all anchored through partnerships with Australian Universities.”
Mr Spencer said Mulpha’s partnership with Southern Cross University in The Hotel School, located in the Sydney CBD and focussed on hospitality and tourism training, has been a great success. The Hotel School provides young and highly trained talent to Mulpha’s hotel and resort establishments located in Australia, the UK and throughout Southeast Asia.
“We have recently expanded The Hotel School with a campus in Melbourne, and we are exploring a Norwest campus as part of our Smart City vision for Norwest,” Mr Spencer said.
Mulpha Australia’s primary hospitality assets and investments include Hayman Island Great Barrier Reef, InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort, InterContinental Sydney, Rydges Esplanade Cairns, Salzburg Apartments Perisher Valley, Marritz Hotel Perisher Valley and Bimbadgen Winery Hunter Valley.
Mulpha’s vision to make Norwest a world-leading innovation, lifestyle and economic hub encompassing all the features of a ‘Smart City’, has at its core the delivery of our Innovation Incubation Club, according to Mr Spencer.
“The establishment of an Innovation Incubation Club to drive innovation and entrepreneurship is based on fostering connectivity and collaboration between education, research and business,” he said. “We are currently working with the University of Western Sydney to scope a customised remit for such a facility at Norwest”.
“It’s not just about having the physical infrastructure to support the digital economy, it’s about creating the social and business environment to foster research and development links that drive innovation,” said Mr Spencer.
“This sort of thinking is increasingly going to make the difference in creating great places to live, great places to work and great places to do business.”
Mr Spencer said the Innovation Incubation Club aims to conduct mentoring schemes, business placements, and capability programs to empower people to create the jobs and industries of the future.
“This isn’t however just about specialist technology companies of tomorrow. Most business leaders today understand that we all need to harness digital technology to increase productivity and accelerate the creation of jobs and growth, so it’s about today’s businesses as well,” said Mr Spencer.
Mulpha’s commitment to education is also seen through its own disruption and movement towards an extensive education-led, collaboration model.
“A new way of doing business delivering a new approach to development will ensure the continual evolution of design and inclusions aimed at leading our customers into the new age,” Tim Spencer said.
“Staff are encouraged to expand their education and upskill through Research and Development partnerships, identifying and subsequently collaborating with diverse specialist service providers”.
Mulpha’s collaboration partners already extend across the disciplinary fields of education, architecture, interior design, digital technology, construction, industrial engineering, sustainability, health and rehabilitation with more on the horizon. Mulpha is formalising this model through memorandums of understanding such as the one they have recently signed with the Faculty of Architecture at Newcastle University and the Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI) – a partnership focused on the incorporation of wellness in design.
Mulpha is committed to long-term value creation with its focus on high-end property development and investment, retirement, healthcare, infrastructure and civil construction.
For further information and to speak to Mulpha Norwest Executive General Manager Tim Spencer, contact Sarah Peattie on 0412 239 633.