With the world’s perception shifting on how we work, where we work and how we live there has been an active drive for asset owners to rethink how they adapt their assets to work for current and future end-users. With the current crisis looking to be around for some time, many have taken the opportunity to rethink their building assets outside of our cities and are responding to longer term preferences for people to stay locally to work, live and play.
Vicinity Centres and Challenger are at the forefront of this shift with plans to offer their customers a new way of local living in Western Sydney as they lodge precinct-sized plans to overhaul its ageing centre in Bankstown.
Bankstown Central is set to deliver a vibrant and sustainable new high amenity mixed-use precinct right in the heart of the Bankstown CBD, with the new precinct comprising new F&B and retail tenancies, 7 levels of PCA-A grade commercial offices, plus health and wellness amenities. Two levels of basement carparking will complement the existing shopping centre and new precinct.
Rooted in Vicinity’s vision for a sustainable development, the new mixed-use precinct will target a 5-star NABERS Energy Base Building Rating, 4.5-star NABERS Water Base Building, 5-star Green Star Design & As-built, and Gold WELL Certification.
Through innovative, environmentally sustainable design a healthy and active environment will be created for occupants whilst minimising any negative environmental impacts associated with its design, construction, and ongoing operation.
Early in the design, ADP’s wholistic approach to services, sustainability, and site infrastructure have identified the key infrastructure challenges. De-risking the project early and providing cost certainty has enabled innovative solutions to be embedded from the concept stage, including a high efficiency central plant, new chamber substation, and flexible F&B provisions to deliver a vibrant new Eat Street food precinct.
“Leveraging ADP’s experience across multiple sectors has been key for us on this project. Their teams’ experience with shopping centres, mixed-use precincts, commercial offices, authority infrastructure, and sustainable ratings them to promote innovative ideas in each discipline and then to use their cross disciplinary teams to quickly review, coordinate, and fine tune the outcomes” says Vicinity’s National Head of Design, David Waldren. “The revitalisation of Bankstown CBD is a very exciting project to be part of as it is very much designed with the community at its core” added ADP Director Gavin White.
Bankstown Central will be the start of Vicinity Centre’s 30-year vision to provide a hub for up to 8,400 workers, 3,500 residents and 1,800 students to the western suburbs of Sydney.