First Building Unveiled for Sydney’s Third CBD


Plans have been lodged for Bradfield CBD’s first building—a high-tech advanced manufacturing research and development facility.

Minister for Western Sydney Stuart Ayres said the New South Wales government had committed more than $1 billion to the Bradfield City Centre, which is slated for land adjacent to the Western Sydney International Airport.

“This is an exciting step forward for this new city in Western Sydney being built from the ground up,” he said.

“The design shows what a high-tech, shared-use hub will look like ... as we create a home for industries of the future.

“The building is a window into the future of the Bradfield city centre … it brings smart design, sustainable materials, passive energy and genuine tribute to place and country that sets the benchmark for the built environment in the Western Parkland City.”

▲ Artist's impression of the first building planned for Sydney's third city. Images: Hassell
▲ Artist's impression of the first building planned for Sydney's third city. Images: Hassell

The Hassell Studio-designed building will integrate with its landscape and was designed in collaboration with Djinjama to respect the Aboriginal culture of the land on which it will be built. A First Nations name will be chosen through engagement with the local Aboriginal community.

The building will be constructed from sustainable materials including laminated timber, rammed earth, glass and steel on a 3.63ha site, and will be able to operate off-grid using renewable energy.

Plans have been lodged with the NSW government as a state significant development. The building is expected to be completed by the end of 2023.

According to the Keylan environment impact statement, the building will house high-tech specialised equipment and machinery, and will be made available for individual enterprises to help fast-track innovation and business development.

The proposed building is 16.7m with a gross floor area of about 2840sq m of manufacturing space, commercial space and car parking.

“The structure’s unique visual appearance provides for an almost transparent structure which allows for community engagement through visual interest with the internal operations of the facility,” the report said.

“The mezzanine floor, like the roof structure, is designed to be modular and can expand if required in the future.”

Bradfield has been planned as Sydney’s third city and Australia’s newest, most advanced, green and connected city.

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