Designs unveiled for first building in Australia’s newest city

3 December 2021
Credit: Hassell/Djinjama
  • Hassell/Djinjama
  • Hassell/Djinjama
  • Hassell/Djinjama
  • Hassell/Djinjama
  • Hassell/Djinjama



Bradfield, NSW


Hassell and Djinjama create advanced manufacturing facility for Bradfield, NSW

Designs for an advanced manufacturing research facility by Tenderstream member Hassell, in conjunction with Djinjama, have been unveiled by The Western Parkland City Authority (WPCA) in New South Wales, who lodged a State Significant Development Application (SSDA) for the project in late November. The facility’s name, The First Building, reflects its status as the first structure to be built in Australia’s newest city, Bradfield. A First Nations name will be chosen through close engagement with the local Aboriginal community, in a process designed by the WPCA.

The architects produced an integrated landscape and architectural response that pays respect to the ancient Aboriginal culture of the land on which it will be built. The facility is based on a modular design, and will be constructed from laminated timber and other sustainable materials to minimise construction and demolition waste. The completed structure will be energy efficient, with the ability to operate off the grid using renewable energy. 

Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney and Minister for Trade and Industry Stuart Ayres said the application follows the NSW Government's commitment of more than AU$1 bn in enabling works for the Bradfield City Centre, to be built adjacent to the Western Sydney International Airport. He stated: "This is an exciting step forward for this new city in Western Sydney being built from the ground up...The building is a window into the future of the Bradfield city centre. It brings smart design, sustainable materials, passive energy and genuine tribute to place and country that sets benchmark for the built environment in the Western Parkland City."

Completion of the First Building is expected by the end of 2023. The site will include a visitors' centre where residents, school children and businesses can watch the city being built in real time.

Lucy Nordberg
Tenderstream Head of Research

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