The landmark timber building which houses the $10 million world-class GenesisCare cancer centre at Norwest certainly impressed those that gathered for the official opening by Hills Shire Mayor Dr Peter Gangemi last week.
The Bond building at the corner of Elizabeth Macarthur Drive and Norbrik Drive, adjacent to Norwest Private Hospital, is one of Australia’s first health and medical facilities purpose-built from mass timber to enhance the wellbeing and health of its occupants.
It is the first commercial building in a larger masterplanned health and medical precinct being developed by Mulpha in Norwest and is anchored by a range of specialist providers including GenesisCare Oncology offering access to comprehensive cancer care, including surgery, medical oncology, and radiation therapy; fertility specialist Dr Antony Lighten who has a specialised IVF clinic, reproductive surgery and day hospital; psychology allied healthcare provider Talbot Centre, and Douglas Hanley Moir pathology.
Space has also been taken up by medical imaging, orthodontic, obstetrics and gynaecology practices, as well as a café, restaurant, and 110-space Kinda-Mindi childcare centre.
Mulpha’s Head of Developments Tim Spencer said: “This cutting-edge building had been purpose-built to transform the experience of people-centred healthcare, as well as provide a one-stop-shop for patients in the fast-growing northwest corridor.
“In addition to offering design flexibility and unique aesthetics, The Bond’s CLT construction gives incredible strength and efficiency, and the aspiration in the drive to be carbon-neutral over an occupant’s lifecycle, something that proved to be increasingly attractive to bluechip clients.”
Fergus Rourke, GenesisCare NSW General Manager said: “A cancer diagnosis can be very challenging for an individual and their loved ones. Having access to care close to home makes getting to treatment easier.
“The GenesisCare team will work with surgical, medical and imaging health professionals within The Bond precinct and the adjacent Norwest Private Hospital.
“Our integrated approach to cancer care aims to provide patients access to seamless, personalised care, and ensure they feel supported throughout all stages of their treatment journey.”
The Bond was designed using stateof- the-art cross-laminated timber (CLT) for the floorplates, walls and stairs, as well as traditional laminated timber columns and beams forthe frame, plus full-height glazing for natural light.
The fabric of the building was chosen in large part for its biophilic properties, with visible timber known to increase feelings of wellbeing and optimism as well as improving concentration for people working within such buildings. Two more purpose-built health and commercial buildings are planned.
Tim Spencer said that The Bond plays a key role in Mulpha’s long-term commitment to the transformation of Norwest Business Park into a world-leading innovation, lifestyle and economic hub.