Charter Hall and Western Sydney University have secured development approval for stages 1 and 2 of their $350 million ‘Innovation Quarter’ (iQ) precinct in Westmead, New South Wales.
The development will create a visionary hub for innovation in health, education, research and business, elevating Westmead’s status as one of the world’s most advanced innovation districts.
Westmead is home to more people with PhDs than anywhere else in Australia and continues to be the focus of unprecedented growth, with a planned total investment pipeline of more than $5.8 billion over the next decade.
Development approval has been received for two mixed-use towers at iQ, situated between the hospital and Westmead station.
These towers will provide 28,000 square metres of health, research, education and commercial space, facilitating opportunities for collaboration across the public and private sectors.
Additionally, 2,000 square metres of retail space, lifestyle facilities and amenity will ensure tenants and the community benefit from the development, including food and beverage offerings, a proposed supermarket, fitness centre, parking and childcare.
Western Sydney University Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Barney Glover AO, noted the approval sends a vitally important signal that innovative public-private initiatives like Innovation Quarter are well placed to navigate the challenging terrain ahead.
“The Westmead collaboration with Charter Hall is part of a wider program of infrastructure stimulus initiatives the University is pursuing with the Group and other public-private partners at Bankstown, Campbelltown, Liverpool, Parramatta and Werrington.”
“Western Sydney will bear much of the brunt of the current challenges, and we must equally be prepared to drive recovery. The University and partners like Charter Hall are committed to that task,” Professor Glover added.
Charter Hall’s Managing Director and Group CEO, David Harrison, commented that there’s never been a more important time to focus on health research and innovation.
“The project will deliver critical infrastructure to support this. Over 1,000 jobs are also being created by the project, which is vital for Australians and our economy at this time.”
“iQ will create a truly visionary precinct that brings together the most forward-thinking research, health education and commercial sectors in the Southern Hemisphere. The project will provide an environment for some of the brightest minds in the country to innovate, create opportunities for collaboration and solve global challenges in the heart of Westmead,” said Mr Harrison.
The Western Sydney University has committed to an initial 15-year lease term for two of their research institutions, the MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour and Development and the Translational Health Research Institute (THRI).
Richard Crookes Constructions has been appointed as the construction partner to deliver the Innovation Quarter precinct in partnership with Charter Hall and Western Sydney University.
Practical completion of the project is scheduled for Q4 2021.