BOOMTOWN! Project of the year winners 2018

To recognise developments that have delivered excellence in infrastructure and transport, the BOOMTOWN! Project of the Year award was established to acknowledge completed (or near completed) major projects over the previous 12 months that have, or will, significantly contribute to the sustainable growth of Greater Western Sydney.

These are presented at our annual BOOMTOWN! Summits in November.

Outstanding tourism project

Riverside Stables & The William Inglis Hotel
The jewel in the crown of a revitalized Warwick Farm precinct marries the egalitarian heritage of a revered thorough breeding dynasty with the finest in luxury accommodation, in a new Sydney icon that celebrates a passion for equine culture and heartfelt rural hospitality. 

Outstanding education project

Western Sydney University Liverpool CBD Campus
Western Sydney University’s vertical campus in the Liverpool CBD was opened earlier this year. This state-of-the-art facility in the heart of Liverpool houses the University’s programs in nursing, midwifery, social sciences and psychology and is just minutes from Liverpool Hospital. The building incorporates student-only zones, sleeping pods, and Zoom capabilities within all classrooms. It is also home to WSU’s Launch Pad, providing seamless support to students and local businesses exploring technology-based innovations. 

Outstanding industrial project

Clyde Engineering & Maintenance Hub
This new fit-for-purpose facility accommodates various maintenance and engineering functions in one central location. Comprising a five-storey office building and a two-storey amenities building (with a total floor area of 13,400 m2), the Hub boasts state-of-the-art administrative, communication and logistics fit-outs, and has been established with the aim of generating ongoing improvements to safety, reliability and efficiency. The construction of the Clyde Hub represents a $75million investment in the future of Sydney Trains and the growth of Western Sydney. 

Outstanding health project

Mt Druitt Community Dialysis Centre
This $3.5 million Health Infrastructure project delivered a state-of-the-art facility that makes it easier for patients to access life-saving treatment close to home. Alongside critical care, the centre also provides local high-skills training, employment and research opportunities and a space connected to the community, its environment and culture through an Aboriginal arts and cultural program. The site delivers contemporary, patient-centric care to the Mount Druitt dialysis community in a multidisciplinary approach that integrates medical nursing, allied health and support services in a warm, welcoming, non-institutional environment. 

Outstanding community project

Oran Park Library
A collaborative project between Camden Council, Landcom and Greenfields Development Company, the $13.8million Oran Park Library and Community Hub was officially opened earlier this year. With a focus on digitisation, connectivity and neighbourhood interaction, the library features 3D printers and IT stations, digital performance and group learning spaces, and touchscreen e-surfaces throughout, plugging the rapidly growing community into the global information age.

Outstanding environment project

Badu Mangroves Boardwalk
The Badu Mangroves precinct occupies 65 hectares and is located between the southern shore of Homebush Bay and Bicentennial Park at Sydney Olympic Park. The area contains extensive mangrove stands, waterbird refuge, mudflats, a saltmarsh community and an estuarine creek system, home to resident and migratory birds, fish, bats, frogs and reptiles. The creation of a deeply-embedded yet low-impact series of walkways has provided an opportunity for visitors and students to discover the significance of this unique site. 

Outstanding transport project

Northern Road upgrade – Stage 1
This project is part of the joint Federal-State Government Western Sydney Infrastructure Plan, which delivers major road upgrades in and around the Western Sydney Aerotropolis. Stage One of the $1.6billion Northern Road upgrade was officially opened to traffic in April 2018 and included a widening of the 3.5km section between The Old Northern Road at Narellan and Oran Park’s Peter Brock Drive. The project featured new bridgeworks, intersection upgrades, and a three-metre off-road path for cyclists and pedestrians and has significantly enhanced access, improved safety and capacity, while reducing congestion and travel times. 

Outstanding commercial project

Flinders Centre Bankstown
This nine-storey tower brings commerce and community together to offer contemporary, efficient and sustainable A-grade office space. It is the only commercial building in Bankstown with a 5-Star Green Star rating and targeting a 5-Star NABERS rating. Tenants of Flinders Centre enjoy full access to all conference, meeting, entertainment and dining facilities at Bankstown Sports Club, which includes 13 function and event spaces, a 600-seat movie theatre, The Grand Ballroom and a variety of restaurants and bars. There is also a Travelodge Hotel on-site, as well as a UFC Gym, childcare and medical centres

Chairman's Commendation

O’Connell Street Primary School
This project provided a new primary school on the existing Old Kings’ School site in Parramatta, housing local students while their existing school was being redeveloped. The project delivered flexible teaching and recreation spaces for 1000 students, including 40 future-focused classrooms, a library and a new hall. Facilities including the oval and hall are being shared with the public and local arts groups when not being used for school purposes.