Horsley Drive Business Park, on the corner of Horsley Drive and Cowpasture Road, is a newly-established industrial estate in Western Sydney with large B-double approved entry roads, generous loading areas, and a focus not just on business efficiency but with quality of environment as its utmost priority. The location is highly convenient for commercial/industrial tenants as it is within a few minutes’ drive of the M7, M4, and M5 motorways, and only around 40-minutes by road from central Sydney, Sydney Airport, and Port of Sydney.
World leadership in sustainability: 6-star certification
The Western Sydney Parklands Trust owns the site. Frasers Property entered into a development agreement with the Trust to establish a mix of facilities that would meet the highest sustainability benchmarks. As a result, the Horsley Drive Business Park is the first and only industrial precinct in Australia to successfully target a ‘6-star’ Green Star rating (Green Building Council of Australia), certifying ‘World Leadership’ in sustainable design.
The site was considered a State Significant Development and multiple stakeholders were involved in the project including Frasers Property, NSW Department of Planning and Development, Western Sydney Parklands Trust, Fairfield City Council, as well as various companies with developments on the four large estate lots.
“By activating vacant land with low recreational and ecological value, Western Sydney Parklands Trust is generating funds to develop and manage new recreation facilities, expand the 1,000 hectare biodiversity corridor and create more cycling and walking tracks for the community to enjoy,” Suellen Fitzgerald, Executive Director of Western Sydney Parklands Trust, said to the Fairfield Champion in a news report on the development. The warehouse, distribution and light industrial facility, developed over two stages, injected more than $12 million into the economy, has created 300 construction jobs, and is adding around 100 full-time jobs to the local area.
Civil engineering by Costin Roe Consulting
Costin Roe Consulting was responsible for the civil engineering to facilitate the establishment of the estate, including the development of a new access road (Burilda Close), earthworks, stormwater management, and drainage. In keeping with the environmental priorities of the development, water-sensitive design elements to preserve water quality included on-site detention basins (similar to solutions devised for other water-sensitive industrial developments engineered by Costin Roe, for example at nearby Mamre Road and the Caterpillar Distribution Centre in Queensland).
CLIENT: Frasers Property | SIZE: 21.4 hectares; 88,700 m2 | PROJECT VALUE: $12M+ | COMMENCEMENT: early 2016 | COMPLETION: late 2016