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Mega Projects 2020

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When it comes to exciting new projects, New South Wales is definitely the State to keep an eye on in 2020. Let’s take a look at a few up and coming developments getting ready to kick off this year.

Western Parkland City

Hot off the press are the much-anticipated plans for the Western Parkland City. The first two months of 2020 will see community consultation, critical for the Precinct Planning phase of the Aerotropolis.

Photo courtesy of Urbis.

With an expected population growth from 740,000 to 1.5 million by 2056, the plans embrace emerging trends and technologies that will be crucial in the new city’s future development.

Parkland City will be established on the strength of the Western Sydney Aerotropolis and the new International Western Sydney Airport, designed by COX Architecture and Zaha Hadid Architects.

The Commonwealth, State Government, and eight local councils make up the Western Parkland City, which incorporates a land area of 808,660 hectares. 

The Greens and Norwest University

Mulpha received approval in December 2019 for the billion-dollar residential planning proposal for The Greens in Sydney’s Norwest.

Photo courtesy of Mulpha Norwest.

Housing 864 residential apartments, The Greens will feature a collection of nine towers, ranging from eight to 26 storeys. Seventy per cent of the ground area (22,000sqm) will be converted into an expansive landscape setting within walking distance to Norwest Station.  The units will be accompanied by commercial and retail space.

Mulpha is also seeking a JV partner for a new purpose-built $50 million university building at  Norwest, with plans for the build to be operational by 2025. The new partner will be responsible for the delivery of a purpose-built state-of-the-art building to be known as the Librarium.

According to Mulpha’s Executive General Manager Tim Spencer, Mulpha is setting the bar high with Norwest to create a highly sustainable and vibrant economic hub for future generations.

Glenfield Community

In Sydney’s south-west, Landcom will transform surplus government land around the existing Hurlstone Agricultural High School into a vibrant new sustainable community.

Together with the NSW Government and Campbelltown City Council, it will soon deliver a detailed concept plan for public exhibition.

The housing options available in the new community will meet the growing need for greater housing diversity. It will feature a mix of diverse housing including detached houses, terraces, small lot dwellings, apartments and seniors housing.

In order to reduce the cost of living expenses for households, the community will feature a green canopy that will combat the challenges of the urban heat that Western Sydney faces.

The construction is planned out over 20 years. When finished, the community will include a range of new sporting fields, parks, cycleways, community facilities, and health care services.

It’s anticipated that the Glenfield masterplan rezoning process will be completed in early 2021, before an expected Development Application will be lodged with Campbelltown City Council. If approved, it will allow work to commence by early 2022.

ANZ Stadium Redevelopment 

Plans are underway to transform the 20-year-old ANZ Stadium from a circular playing field into a rectangular stadium with 70,000 seats (15,000 fewer than now).

Photo courtesy of PALRAM.

The first artist impressions of the $810 million redevelopment of ANZ Stadium have been released by the NSW Government.

An architectural and design report, published as part of the project’s environmental impact statement, said the design by Cox Architecture would include a new roof arching over the structure. The roof will thus allow light through while providing shade and shelter for all visitors.

Stadium Australia, as it was originally known, opened in 1999. Initially, the NSW Government had planned to demolish it and undertake a complete rebuild. However, in the end, it opted for the redevelopment. 

Work is expected to commence following the 2020 State of Origin, meaning the NRL Grand Final will be relocated for at least the next two years. 

The announcement of the new plans come as the city’s other major sports venue, Allianz Stadium, has been demolished and is awaiting a builder to be locked in to build its replacement. Construction giants Multiplex and John Holland are both vying for the contract.

In late 2019, Sydney Olympic Park Authority was seeking Expressions of Interest from experienced urban designers, landscape architects and architects to participate in a two-stage design competition to transform and activate the public domain areas surrounding ANZ Stadium. The EOI process closed in October 2019, and the competition winner should be announced in late February 2020.

The public domain area surrounding ANZ Stadium is set to be transformed and Sydney Olympic Park Authority is asking for public opinion on the precinct known as Stadia. 

You can share your vision for the Precinct by completing an online survey.

Powerhouse Parramatta

Two architects have been nominated for the winning design of the new Powerhouse Museum, the first major cultural institution in Parramatta.

Photo courtesy of NSW Government.

In a unanimous decision, French-Japanese firm Moreau Kusunoki and Australian-based Genton were selected by an international panel.

The state government faced much opposition when it first announced its plans for moving the Powerhouse Museum, one of Australia’s oldest cultural institutions, to Parramatta. Although the move was rumoured to amount to a billion dollars, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has maintained that the cost of the move would be closer to the $645 million mark.

This project is the largest investment in arts and culture in the state since the Sydney Opera House.


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