Mulpha unveils $3 billion Smart City future for Norwest

Mulpha unveils $3 billion Smart City future for Norwest
Mulpha unveils $3 billion Smart City future for Norwest

Developer Mulpha Norwest has unveiled its plans for the transformation of Norwest Business Park in Sydney’s Hills Shire area into a ‘smart city’ which will be home to innovation and economic growth.

Mulpha said it will use its $3 billion plus investment pipeline to develop Norwest into “one of Sydney’s most vibrant communities using innovative design, technology and collaboration”.

The masterplanned Norwest Business Park will benefit from the state and local government’s growth plans.

The 377 hectare Norwest is the size of Sydney’s CBD, with 180 hectares of business land, 151 hectares of residential land and 46 hectares of waterways, walking trails and parks, including the historic Bella Vista Farm Park.

Infrastructure committed and currently under implementation includes the $8 billion Sydney Metro North West Rail project, a further $3.6 billion of infrastructure upgrades to western Sydney roads and the $20 billion new Western Sydney Airport. This will help continue the focus on further major road works such as Norwest Boulevard.

Mulpha Norwest executive general manager, Tim Spencer said Mulpha was committed to delivering a liveable Smart City at Norwest, with “new age jobs”, modern education and innovation.

“To achieve this, Mulpha is working creatively with a broad team of outstanding Australian and international experts in health and education, architecture, planning and engineering to re-envision how people will live, work and play in the future. From this start, we are seeking to further engage with both state and local governments to refine and ensure holistic implementation,” Spencer said.

Mulpha’s plans include the redevelopment of Norwest Marketown; the development of The Greens residential precinct; the redevelopment of the Circa commercial, retail and retirement precinct; the revitalisation of Norwest’s network of walkways and cycleways and a concept to drive daily activation of Bella Vista Farm Park.

The developer hopes to create a built form environment that will “offer seamless living, working and recreational spaces, with over 50 hectares of public open space, activated public parks and plazas, and a vibrant social, food and entertainment culture”.

Norwest will be accessible via two new Metro stations, T-Way buses and motorway upgrades. 

The stations – Norwest and Bella Vista - on the Sydney Metro North West Line will be operational from 2019, with turn-up-and-go rapid transit services running through the North West corridor onto Chatswood and the Sydney CBD.

“As Sydney’s population and economic centre moves west, our vision is to create a highly desirable work and lifestyle destination that will attract entrepreneurial workers and industries of the future, including world-leading innovation enterprises,” Spencer said.

“In response to the State Government’s Plan for Growing Sydney 2036, we are aiming to deliver a unique education and upskilling platform to be the basis of an evolution from the knowledge-based workforce into an entrepreneurial economy, opening up the future for 60,000+ new age jobs, from the current 30,000.”

Spencer said the masterplan is also delivering the diversity of housing required to meet the demands of its increasing residential population, forecast to increase from 6,000 today to more than 20,000+ residents.

“It is all about connectivity, in terms of living, working, transport and the environment. This is how people want to live and work into the future, and how businesses will thrive in the digital age, so we are providing the physical and non-physical infrastructure to enable this to happen.”

Mulpha has engaged consultants to investigate Smart City innovations including driverless shuttles, installation of healthcare technology for healthy living and ageing in place, off-grid energy options, and high speed public zone WiFi. 

He added that Mulpha is also tackling how all this ties up with the Internet of Things (IoT) in order to harness big data and the policies around disseminating this through live portals.

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