Western Sydney Aerotropolis❜ New Bradfield City Centre Master Plan Revealed
- Mums & Bubs
2024 seems to be starting on a progressive foot with plans revealed for Australia's newest city, aka Bradfield City Centre.
The recently revealed Master Plan for the Bradfield City Centre is part of the highly-anticipated Western Sydney Aerotropolis, which is set to be the biggest economic development project undertaken in Australia to date - wowza!
Here's everything we know so far.
Western Sydney Aerotropolis' New Bradfield City Centre Master Plan Revealed
A brand-new international airport for Western Sydney has been in the pipeline for many years after the NSW Government named Badgery's Creek as the site for the new Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport back in 2015. Costing upwards of $5 billion, the new Western Sydney Airport is expected to become one of the biggest gateways to Australia, more particularly catering to Western Sydney and its population of two million and counting. While a new international airport is certainly exciting, it's the area surrounding the new airport that is generating the most buzz.
The Western Sydney Aerotropolis is a cutting-edge urban and economic development initiative that is set to transform the landscape of Western Sydney. Envisioned as a dynamic and integrated metropolitan hub, the Aerotropolis will be centred around the Western Sydney International Airport, catalysing economic growth, innovation, and sustainable development. At the heart of the Aerotropolis will be Australia's newest city: Bradfield City Centre.
Bradfield City Centre Master Plan Released
To keep up with the pace of the new airport, which is set to open in 2026, the draft Master Plan for Bradfield City Centre has finally been revealed and is now available for community feedback.
Encompassing 114 hectares, Bradfield City Centre will create space for 10,000 homes and 20,000 jobs. It will include space for 80 buildings up to 15 storeys high, 36 hectares of open space, waterways and playgrounds, plus, a two-hectare Central Park not unlike its namesake in New York City.
Acting Premier and Minister for Western Sydney Prue Car said, "Western Sydney is the third largest regional economy in Australia, with one of the most rapidly growing populations. This Master Plan shows how investment in the area surrounding the new airport will drive growth and better opportunities for all Western Sydney."
Minister for Planning and Public Spaces Paul Scully also commented, "This Master Plan is a draft blueprint for a world-class city that will support Western Sydney Airport, attract investment, house thousands of people, and create thousands of jobs. This is the first Master Plan to be publicly exhibited after progressing through the new Aerotropolis master-planning pathway and it's critical we hear directly from the community and stakeholders as we lay the groundwork for significant infrastructure plans."
Key Features of Bradfield City Centre
The Bradfield City Centre, named after renowned engineer Dr John Bradfield, is a visionary urban project designed to serve as a thriving hub for commerce, culture, and community.
Key features of the new city centre as laid out in the new Master Plan include:
- 2 million square metres of gross floor area for development
- Space for 80-plus buildings up to 15 storeys high
- Climate resilient design features to maximise energy efficiency and manage temperatures
- 80 per cent roof green coverage or bio-solar systems to address urban heat
- 36 hectares of open space, waterways, and playgrounds
- A 2-hectare Central Park
- 2.2 km Green Loop
- 17.8 km of bike trails and lanes
- Public artworks
- Accessible EV charging
- Major event and dedicated cultural spaces
- Major transport interchange of metro, bus, and pedestrian connections
- 5-minute metro to the new Western Sydney International Airport.
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