Schools, aerotropolis next in line for fast-tracking


A number of education facilities and a planning policy for the Western Sydney Aerotropolis are among the $3 billion worth of projects in the NSW government’s latest tranche of fast-tracked projects.

Tranche five of the Planning System Acceleration Program includes 10 projects, with decisions on their assessments to be made by 11 September.

One project on the list is the $137 million Multi-Trades and Digital Technology Hub at the Meadowbank TAFE campus. Designed by Gray Puksand with landscape architecture by Tract, the hub will combine a Construction and Building Trades facility with an Information and Communications Technology/Cyber Security facility.

Gray Puksand describes its design for the hub as a “true building in the round,” in which each of the four facades actively respond to their context.

Also getting fast-tracked is the East Leppington Primary School, a new $50 million public school for up to 940 students from Kindergarten to Year 6 designed by Perumal Pedavoli Architects with landscape by Taylor Brammer Landscape Architects.

East Leppington Primary School by Perumal Pedavoli Architects with landscape by Taylor Brammer Landscape Architects.

The school will be built within the Willowdale development on the traditional land of the D’harawal people and falls within the Raby Road Primary School cluster. The proposed design balances the built form and landscape design to create a harmonious streetscape with the built form broken down and articulated to reduce the bulk and scale, opening up key view lines, daylight and breeze paths across the site. The architects said these design concepts align with the input received from D’harawal elder Uncle Ivan who suggested they provide gaps between building to allow the sunlight and breezes to pass in between the built forms.

Another school project to be fast-tracked is Richard Gill School in Muswellbrook, on the lands of the Wanaruah and Kamilaroi peoples. Designed by Stanton Dahl Architects, with landscape by Moir Landscape Architecture, the project will involve the adaptive reuse of an existing council office building for a new primary school for 50 students from kindergarten to year 2.

The State Environmental Planning Policy for the new Aerotropolis to be fast-tracked will unlock rezonings for five new employment and environmental precincts around the new Western Sydney Airport including the Aerotropolis Core, Badgerys Creek, Northern Gateway and Agribusiness and Wianamatta-South Creek.

“The Aerotropolis SEPP is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to lay the foundations for a brand-new state-shaping precinct, with the Aerotropolis set to support more than 200,000 jobs over 20 years in industries of the future,” said NSW planning minister Rob Stokes.

Other projects to be fast-tracked include a major highway, and industrial business hub worth $213 million and a facility for hand sanitizer production.

Only one more tranche of fast-tracked projects to be announced under the current program, and the government will reveal details on a new ‘‘recovery’’ focused acceleration program in the coming weeks.

“Our focus so far has been on fast-tracking shovel-ready projects that were already in the planning system,’ said Stokes.Now it is time to shift from urgent response to lasting reform by applying the same accelerated momentum to determine new projects with potential to create significant jobs, economic investment and wider public benefits.”



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