Located in the strategic ‘Western Sydney Priority Growth Area’ at Luddenham, the 287-hectare Sydney Science Park will become a mixed-use smart city with ambitions to be an internationally recognised epicentre for education, research, innovation, and commercialisation.
The DA proposes three light industrial buildings within Precinct 1, Stage A, a 28,873sqm site bordering Luddenham Road in the southern portion of the broader Sydney Science Park.
Stage A will include 17 high-tech light industrial units with ancillary offices - set across three, two-storey buildings – with a communal café and abundant landscaping, including deep soil planting, over about 10 per cent of the site.
Celestino CEO John Vassallo says the proposed development will be its first industrial architectural landmark for Sydney Science Park and will set the highest standard for everything that follows.
“The process for delivering Precinct 1 of Sydney Science Park is gaining momentum and we are working with a broad team of experts to assist in progressing the development.
“As one of the first land uses established at Sydney Science Park, this is the first step in helping to deliver more than 17,000 high-tech jobs to the west,” says Mr Vassallo.
The development will strive for the units to be 5 Star Green Star rated for design and as built. Designed by SBA Architects, the units will suit a range of hi-tech industrial uses, including biopharmaceutical, engineering, creative industries, med-tech advanced manufacturers, research, digital technologies and entrepreneurial businesses.
Mr Vassallo said the aim is to move away from conventional static ‘boxes’ often associated with light industrial and focus on making them more physically and digitally connected and seamlessly integrated with the public spaces and other uses within Sydney Science Park.
“We want to create sustainable and smart buildings that are intimately integrated with the surrounding environment and worthy of their location in Sydney Science Park,” says Mr Vassallo.
The design concept includes full-height glazing to entry frontages to maximise street activations, awnings and building overhangs to help provide shade, and pedestrian footpaths accentuated with landscaping, planter boxes, green walls It will also be designed to deliver superior high-tech infrastructure and services to meet the needs of the users of these high-tech industrial units.
Landscape Architects Distinctive Living Design have specified native, drought and heat tolerant species and large trees to provide shade and canopy cover. Permeable pavements will assist with rainwater infiltration and manage stormwater runoff.
The proposed café is located centrally within the site within easy walking distance of all industrial units to cater to workers and guests.
The DA has been lodged with Penrith City Council and its expected the proposal will go on exhibition in early 2021.