Construction commenced on Bradfield City Centre

Image credit: Western Parkland City Authority

Construction has commenced on the first building of Australia’s newest city, the Bradfield City Centre.

In a statement, the New South Wales (NSW) Government said the visionary project would generate over 17,000 jobs and stimulate a surge of new advanced manufacturing, research, and innovation in Western Sydney.

The first building, a 3,840 square metre multi-purpose structure, is now under construction and will include office, exhibition, and event facilities, as well as Hitachi’s Kyoso Creation Centre and the first stage of a new Advanced Manufacturing and Research Facility.

Premier Dominic Perrottet stated that the 114-hectare Bradfield City Centre development is supported by a $1 billion State Government investment and will attract a further $10 billion private investment.

“We are building a world-class city centre that will supercharge the creation of jobs and economic opportunities across Western Sydney. This first building is the start of a game-changing and job-generating city centre that will transform Bradfield into a hive of economic activity for businesses and offer new services and attractions for residents across Western Sydney,” Premier Perrottet said. 

According to the Premier, businesses will be able to manufacture products in Western Sydney and export them to the rest of the globe, creating even more export money for our state, thanks to the new high-tech metropolis near the new airport.

Alister Henskens, Minister for Enterprise, Investment, and Trade, announced that Taylor Construction Group had been granted the construction contract for the first building.

“This facility will bring highly-skilled jobs and global career opportunities to Western Sydney residents, deliver shared high-tech manufacturing equipment and machinery with local Sydney businesses and fast-track development in areas like defence and space,” Minister Henskens said.

Beyond the first building, Minister Henskens stated that the NSW Government had committed an additional $260 million to develop Australia’s largest Advanced Manufacturing Research Facility in Western Sydney.

According to Minister for Planning and Minister for Housing Anthony Roberts, the State Significant Development Application for Bradfield’s first building was approved.

“Major international companies are turning their eyes to Western Sydney and our work in creating this new city. The first building will deliver 150 construction jobs and 60 new operational jobs once it is up and running,” Minister Roberts said.

Minister for Transport, Veterans, and Western Sydney David Elliot stated that the start of construction was a watershed event for inhabitants of Western Parkland City, who will witness the Bradfield City Centre come to life right on their doorstep.

“Western Sydney residents will soon see this empty paddock grow into a thriving city centre with world-class transport infrastructure,” Minister Elliott added. 

Member for Mulgoa Tanya Davies said in the following decades, the Bradfield City Centre will expand and change to become a significant employment centre in Western Sydney, greatly boosting the NSW economy.

According to Jennifer Westacott AO, chair of the Western Parkland Authority, the city is being planned for the future with built-in digital capabilities, smart technology, and a net-zero emissions goal.

“This will be a truly a global city with a 24/7 economy and the beautiful parks, playgrounds and buzzing cultural life Western Sydney deserves. The Bradfield City Centre is being created by harnessing the region’s existing strengths to attract investment in manufacturing, agribusinesses and education and by leveraging the huge decisions the NSW Government has already made,” Westacott added.

Bradfield’s first building is expected to be completed by late 2023.