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By James Galvin
March 11, 2018
Bankstown's CBD is approximately 17 kilometres South-West of Sydney's CBD and acts as the central hub for Bankstown residents and the local government. This residential, commercial and industrial suburb has a city centre of approximately 200,000 residents and has been involved in a long-standing government plan to increase jobs and opportunities in the Western-Sydney region.
With the grand opening scheduled for mid-2018, the Flinders Centre Bankstown is set to be a hotspot for the Western Sydney suburb, serving as an economic hub for the locals.
As Western Sydney begins its revitalisation through new construction projects and developments, the Bankstown Sports Club and project managing contractor Paynter Dixon have completed the structural phase of the project.
The commercial tower, sitting nine-stories high, has recently had its roof poured, marking the end of the structural phase and the beginning of the internal fit-out.
"To experience a nine-storey office tower being built from the ground up, right before your eyes, is really quite amazing,” says Mark Condi, Bankstown Sports Club CEO. “When you walk into the new lobby area ... you can easily picture people strolling through the main entrance, glancing at shop windows as they pass, chatting to reception staff, and then heading up the elevator to their floor or walking through the corridor into the club.”
"Paynter Dixon has managed this project so well from the outset and has delivered on time, every time,” Condi continues. “We have been really lucky with the weather, and construction has finished slightly ahead of schedule. I'm really looking forward to seeing the tower take shape on the inside now."
Steve Alley, Payten Dixon CEO, is eager to see the results of the project: "Paynter Dixon is immensely proud to be associated with the first five-star, environmentally sustainable commercial building to be built in Bankstown's central business district."
The office tower consists of approximately 10,500 square metres of office accommodation, a retail and commercial space of approximately 450 square metres, and a ground floor lobby of 60 square metres. The conference room inside the facility will seat up to 3,000 people, and there is a 162-room hotel situated on site, all with full access to dining and recreational facilities.
Western Sydney Building Boom
Western Sydney has recently seen a boom in construction across various suburbs. Along with the construction of the Bankstown Flinders Centre, the construction of a new stadium has begun in Parramatta.
The stadium, holding approximately 30,000 seats, is being designed and constructed by Lendlease in partnership with Populous, a global architectural firm; and Aurecon, a top engineering consultant firm, after a deal with Infrastructure NSW in 2016.
The stadium will act as the home playing ground for both the Western Sydney Wanderers in the A-League and the Parramatta Eels in the NRL, offering a premium sporting experience to guests. The development will also be able to convert swiftly to a large music venue, hosting numerous events in the Western Sydney precinct and providing a 3-000 seat VIP area for seating.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian was one of the chief participants in the ceremonial sod turning for the stadium and firmly believes that "Western Sydney Stadium is a win for sports fans, revolutionising the spectator experience and injecting millions of dollars into the local economy, and creating 2,000 jobs.
"This stadium will be a major boost for Sydney's infrastructure and will be another venue that we can use to attract major events to NSW. This enormous investment is already generating flow-on benefits with $60 million in contracts awarded to Western Sydney businesses - with plenty more to come," she says. (The Urban Developer)
The $360 million stadium will serve as an important development to bring more foot traffic through the Western suburbs of Sydney, as infrastructure in the region is improved, and will provide increased public transport and personal transport reliability.
The building boom for residential and commercial properties across Sydney remains strong as construction spreads to the outer suburbs and local governments provide essential infrastructure to suburban CBDs. Sydney's skyline will be undergoing an exciting change over the coming years.
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