Nestled in Sydney’s rural suburb of Luddenham, eight kilometres from Penrith, is a site of approximately 287 hectares set to become the international epicentre for scientific research and development in the fields of food, energy and health.
The Sydney Science Park, a $5 billion project that will create more than 12,000 knowledge-based jobs, cater to over 10,000 students and be home to over 10,000 residents.
Sydney Science Park is an ambitious and herculean task as a whole, but property development company Celestino are planning to tackle it one project at a time.
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A development application was submitted for the park’s first lot – a seven-storey commercial development called the Baiada building, will become the primary headquarters and first building of the ‘First Community’ Precinct, to be located in the south-eastern sector of the site.
Celestino said in their application that the fit-out of the building will be the subject of a separate development application, however at present they have revealed that the Baiada building will support a variety of disciplines together with associated office and social spaces, an integrated café and a meeting and presentation facility for use as a show suite for the broader park master plan. The plans have proposed the building will contain 10,200 square metres of tenancy space.
Joining Celestino in the proposed Baiada building project is FJMT Architects to create the design, as well as a number of consultants including Turner & Townsend, Cardno, Urbis, Steensen Varming, Geotechnique, Arup, DLA Group, Accessibility Solutions, Acoustic Studio and Elephants Foot.
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The Baiada building’s materials were selected to reflect the greater ‘technological character’ of the future science park.
The material of the building reinforces both the building form and the technological character of the Sydney Science Park. The materials and finishes include:
- Glazed aluminium curtain wall glazing to the facade
- Sloped and glazed curtain wall façade in clear glazing
- Glass box entry with horizontal aluminium sunshades fixed to vertical mullions in a grey colour between the first three phases of the building
- Cladding and louvres
- Frameless glazed entry and fixed glass.
Part of something bigger
According to the proposal, the Baiada Lab Building will be part of a larger ‘First Community’. Approximately 37 hectares large, the First Community Precinct will have an extensive range of users who will create a vibrant and unique research and development (R&D) ecosystem and business environment.
Potential users will include start-ups, educational establishments, leading International R&D firms, world class laboratories and multinational corporations. The First Community will include high quality lifestyle, employment and residential opportunities and will include amenities such as parks, restaurants and civic spaces.
The Sydney Science park aims to be an outlet for Australia to cluster leading science based businesses, tertiary institutions, research and development providers in one location to advance innovation around the important principles of food, energy and health.
Supporting residential uses, provision of a new town centre and an extensive network of open space are also key features of the overall vision.
The Planning Proposal is supported by a master plan, which represents the overall planning framework and preferred outcome for Sydney Science Park. The Master Plan includes:
- Approximately 340,000 sq m of research and development
- Approximately 100,000 sq m of education floor area and student accommodation
- A town centre
- 3,400 dwellings
- A primary school site
- Landscaped open space, sporting fields and parks.
The development proposal for the Baiada building said the project will initially be a standalone building, but as Sydney Science Park develops and the street pattern emerges with surrounding development, it will expand to inform the urban structure of the precinct. The ultimate phase of the building will address streets on all four sides and adapt to the integrated pedestrian, cycle and public transport oriented vision of the masterplan for the precinct.
The construction of the Baiada building is estimated to cost $64,002,170 of the park’s overall projected cost of $5 billion.