Builder Brokers Sydney Australia Developers pushing ahead

Property developer Mulpha Australia has won development approval for the first timber commercial building as part of its $3 billion Norwest masterplan in Sydney’s west. 

The $53 million development, known as The Bond, was initially rejected by Sydney Central Planning late last year. 

The developer lodged an appeal against the decision to reject the 7-storey building, which will now be located on the corners of Elizabeth Macarthur Drive and Norbrik Drive, adjacent to the heritage-listed Bella Vista Farm.

The Fitzpatrick & Partners-designed timber building will comprise ground floor retail, a co- working lobby space, along with six floors of commercial office space and a childcare facility for 110 capacity.

The Norwest City scheme is intended to realise a smart cities concept.

The developer purchased the 377-hectare site, located 35km from the Sydney CBD, in the 1990s.

Mulpha Developments executive general manager Tim Spencer says Norwest is home to entrepreneurial start-ups and listed companies, including Woolworths Group, ResMed, Subaru, Westpac, Capital Finance and Norwest Private Hospital.

“As Sydney’s population and economic centre moves west, our vision is to create a highly desirable work and lifestyle destination.”

Spencer said Norwest is targeted for business growth with a planning proposal under assessment by council.

“The multi-billion investments in the Sydney Metro and Western Sydney Airport, one of the largest projects in Australian history, will put Norwest at the heart of Australia’s economic future.