Penrith Panthers has kicked off construction on its $88 million Western Sydney Conference Centre and adjoining 153-room hotel in Penrith.
Richard Crookes Construction won a competitive tender process last month to build the project, with an estimated completion date slated for late 2021.
Plans for the Turner-designed conference centre include 1,250sq m of floor space to host major events, trade shows and seated functions for up to 1000 people.
The development, located on the current Panthers car park, will also include a 4.5-star hotel, and sit below a 1200sq m community centre.
Design details were unveiled for the community and conference centre, which form part of the group’s transformation of the Penrith Panthers precinct, in April last year.
Developer Cabe is behind the East Side Quarter, an 850-unit residential tower complex in the precinct, in a partnership with the Penrith Rugby League Club.
The state and federal government each committed $12 million to the WSCCC development in a bid to attract infrastructure investment and renewal projects to the Western Sydney region.
Last month, property group Toga was green-lit for the first stage of its SJB-designed residential development in Penrith CBD.
The private developer lodged its application for the $63.5 million project in May last year.
Sydney-based Desane lodged plans for its 273-apartment mixed-use project at Penrith's 91 Thornton Drive in January.
Penrith Panthers chief executive Brian Fletcher says the new venue will service and support the continued growth of Western Sydney.
“The thriving business community of Western Sydney has long been in need of a modern, multi-purpose conference centre,” Fletcher said.
“This new development will be a game changer for western Sydney community groups and for the people of Penrith.”