Work will start later this year on a landmark timber building called The Bond which will transform a block of land on the corner of Elizabeth Macarthur Drive and Norbrik Drive in Norwest into an innovative new health precinct.
Norwest master developer Mulpha has secured commitments for over 30 percent of the building ahead of construction.
Genesis Oncology will set up a world class cancer treatment centre at The Bond (full story page 3) and Dr Antony Lighten will run his IVF Clinic and reproductive surgery at the site. Space has also been taken up by orthodontic, obstetrics and gynaecology practices.
Mulpha Developments Executive General Manager, Tim Spencer said:
“We are thrilled that such leading-edge medical innovators have shown strong commitment to Norwest as it transforms into a major residential, commercial and retail hub in Sydney’s economic growth corridor along the Metro Norwest.
“Both companies are a natural fit for The Bond, given its focus on wellness, sustainability and innovation, and proximity to the Norwest Private Hospital.
“These are exactly the calibre of tenants we are attracting– knowledge and innovation companies that themselves want to attract and inspire the best staff and offer an appealing environment for clients. We are seeing strong interest from the medical sector, which is expecting demand to remain highly resilient in the face of Covid-19 and will always require quality workspaces for administration, treatment and consultation.”
Dr Antony Lighten, a fertility specialist and IVF and reproductive surgeon who has a 5-month waiting list for new clients, said he was drawn to The Bond because of the beauty in the wood, the glass design and green credentials, all contributing to a health and wellness environment.
“The Bond is going to be a landmark building in Bella Vista. I think it will be a beautiful, relaxing space for the Day Surgery and IVF Clinic. I have been waiting specifically for this building to start construction because of its uniqueness.
“Although I was affected by the NSW government enforced cessation of all elective surgery and IVF procedures due to Covid, we are now seeing good numbers of patients returning.”
GenesisCare Chief Executive Officer, Dan Collins, said: “The team at Mulpha Norwest share our commitment to developing sustainable healthcare solutions to meet the demands of Australia’s ageing population and addressing infrastructure gaps in areas of need.
“We were immediately drawn to The Bond’s innovative and sustainable design and its proximity to Norwest Private Hospital which means cancer patients will be able to access comprehensive cancer care, including surgery, medical oncology and now radiation therapy, close by.”
The Bond will comprise a ground floor retail lobby environment, six floors of commercial office building, childcare facility for 110 children, end-of-trip facilities, basement car carparking, short-term visitor parking and service vehicle and loading facilities.
It will be connected by on-demand shuttle buses to the Metro stations at Norwest and Bella Vista.
The Bond has been designed using cross-laminated timber technology for the 1600m2 floorplates, walls and stairs, as well as laminated timber columns and beams for the structural frame. In addition to offering design flexibility and unique aesthetics, this new-age timber technology has great strength and efficiency, and the potential to be carbon-neutral over its lifecycle.