Plans have been lodged with the City of Parramatta by retail owner and developer Drill for the $70.3 million redevelopment of the current Westmead Shopping Centre site.
Drill proposes to part ways with its ageing retail asset, demolishing the shopping centre to transform the site into a mixed-use precinct directly adjacent the currently redeveloping Westmead Hospital.
Located at 24-26 Railway Parade, the proposed development will comprise 33-units across six-storeys, five-storeys of hotel accommodation offering 97 rooms, a supermarket, 1500sq m of health facilities and a food and beverage precinct.
An air bridge is also proposed connecting the four-storey component of the development with the main 16-storey building.
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Drill’s Mark Hovey told The Urban Developer the proposal was inspired by a lack of supply for good quality short stay accommodation in close proximity to the Westmead Hospital.
On top of visiting families of patients, there was also demand from visiting medical staff and medical tourism that would come as a byproduct of Westmeads expansion.
Hovey added that there is a lack of surrounding amenity that helps people escape the hospital environment.
“There’s no where close by to rejuvenate and get a good meal, so we’re doing a green space and food and beverage precinct that’s going to be a first for Westmead.” Hovey said.
He acknowledged the importance of delivering a precinct that caters to the needs of users and improves their experience given the developments close proximity to the hospital.
“People travel from very remote areas to be with sick family members and at the moment many of them are having to stay in Parramatta, which is still 15 to 20 minutes away. If you have a sick child you want to be right there.” Hovey said.
Drill has owned the site since 1985 and according to Hovey the developer intends to retain the asset long-term after its redevelopment.
The developer is yet to name the hotel operator but Hovey is confident of an announcement in the next few months, acknowledging they were currently talking with two well-known operators.
He also confirmed a supermarket operator had been locked in.
In April of this year Sydney-based developer Deicorp submitted an application for a $500 million joint venture with Western Sydney University that would see them develop a four-hectare mixed-use precinct.
The precinct will include research facilities along with health-related commercial development. Deicorp are responsible for constructing the two residential towers between 19- and 23-storeys.