Westmead site redevelopment to benefit community

Westmead development concept plan 

Western Sydney University is calling for Expressions of Interest from developers to partner with the University to redevelop and revitalise its Westmead campus.

Western intends to transform the four-hectare site into a mixed-use development that will include education, commercial, retail, residential and community spaces, and will complement and enhance the overall character of the broader Westmead precinct.

Expressions of Interest are open through the Tenderlink website(opens in a new window).

Vice-Chancellor Professor Barney Glover says Western's Westmead site has the potential to become a gateway to the busy Westmead Health and Medical Research Precinct, as it is strategically located adjacent to the Westmead Hospital, Westmead train station and the rapid bus Transitway (T-way) service.

"The revitalisation of the site will be of major benefit to the broader Westmead Health precinct and the local community, and will support its role as a critical hub for health and medical research for Western Sydney," says Professor Glover.

"Western Sydney University will continue to maintain a strong presence at Westmead and will retain ownership of the majority of the site.

"Importantly, the redevelopment of the site will allow the University to create new and diverse revenue streams, with the income generated reinvested into our education and research."

The site's heritage-listed St Vincent's and Farmhouse buildings will be retained.

"These two buildings in combination with the formal landscaped quadrangle planting to the west of the St. Vincent's building will create a central feature for the development and celebrate the site's rich history," says Professor Glover.

The Westmead precinct represents the largest concentration of hospital and health services in Australia, serving Western Sydney and providing other special services for New South Wales.

The precinct has four major hospitals and three research institutes, with over 1,640 patient beds, employs over 16,000 people and treats over a million patients each year.

The Westmead campus – along with the existing campus at Rydalmere and the planned high-rise campus for the Parramatta CBD – are integral to Western's campus network.

The University has secured development approval from the Western Sydney Joint Regional Planning Panel (JRPP) and is currently undertaking major works to establish the site for development including, bulk earthworks, construction of new public roads, open space and services infrastructure, which are expected to be completed by early 2016.

Following the EoI process, Western will evaluate the proposals in October.

The University's final development strategy for the site will be considered by the Western Sydney University Board of Trustees in December this year, with the University expecting to enter into detailed negotiations with preferred proponents in early 2016.

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2 September 2015

Media contact: Amanda Whibley, Manager Media and Public Relations

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