The $160 million redevelopment of Campbelltown Hospital created a new acute services building, housing inpatient wards, ambulatory, outpatient and allied health services, pathology and clinical information.
The upgrade also included an expanded emergency department, paediatric outpatients, birthing suite, maternity ward and extended onsite carparking.
In June 2017, the Premier announced a further $632 million funding for the hospital, which would provide additional expansion to the emergency department, improved mental health facilities and additional paediatric services.
The current, and proposed, upgrades, together with the links to the Macarthur Clinical School, consolidates Campbelltown Public Hospital as a major metropolitan teaching hospital facility.
The Western Sydney University Macarthur Clinical School, located at Campbelltown Hospital, is a joint initiative between Western Sydney University and the NSW Government. The state-of-the-art, four-level, $21 million centre brings together expert teachers and clinical training opportunities for medical students and researchers.
The medical facility is a world class structure that includes a simulation laboratory, library, teaching spaces, lecture theatre, practical rooms, study space and office space for clinical academic teams.
Locating the school on the campus of Campbelltown Hospital ensures medical students have access to quality, hands-on training. The school is a vital part of a medical student’s journey, providing the opportunity to acquire and practice the clinical skills needed to become a highly competent doctor. The school aims to provide the employment opportunity and incentives for a higher portion of medical students and doctors from the area to stay and continue to work locally.
The centre is now operational, welcoming the first cohort of students beginning their training in the facility in early 2017.
Already one of the leading shopping centres in Sydney with more than 12 million visits per year and rising, Macarthur Square is even bigger and better now that the $240 million expansion is complete. The redevelopment has transformed the centre into the fifth largest in NSW.
The centre is now home to a newly designed flagship David Jones store, 45 new specialty stores, international brands such as H&M, an alfresco dining terrace, fresh food market hall and additional parking.
The expansion, which provided 2000 jobs during construction, will provide an additional 1000 ongoing retails positions.
From humble beginnings as a contract tooling and job workshop, Breseight Group Australia has transformed into an internationally acclaimed, advanced manufacturing and engineering business with global connections.
Founded in 1983, Breseight remains under the control of the two founding families (Cullen and Rix) and operates from a purpose-built facility in Ingleburn with 28 employees. With a long history in toolmaking, the business now has a diverse offering of advanced manufacturing and engineering products and services.
Managing Director, Kevin Cullen, recognised the need for the business to expand beyond its toolmaking origins if it were to thrive in the manufacturing industry.
“Traditional manufacturing in Australia has declined in recent years, and along with fellow Director, Tracy Rix and CEO, Marcos Perez, we wanted to ensure the sustainability of the business well into the future,” Kevin said.
“We recognised that we needed to align with internationally recognised leaders in manufacturing, so in 2005, we partnered with German technology companies and introduced EOS 3D high-end printing into Australia for use with plastic and metal materials – and we haven’t looked back.”
Since then, Breseight has won design, development and supply contracts with companies such as Telstra, NBN, ResMed and Alcatel for a range of telecommunication and medical products, and they have transitioned from traditional base manufacturing into new industry sectors.
Their latest creation, ImplaNav, was developed and tested in Campbelltown and is now being showcased across Europe. ImplaNav is an oral surgical navigation system focused on dental implant implantology and better patient health outcomes relating to areas such as osseointegration, trauma, oncology, edentulous (lack of teeth) and bone augmentation.
The company is also providing solutions for prostheses jaw reconstruction implants, and Patient Specific Instrumentation (PSI) solutions are also being sourced for leading Australian medical companies for ankle, knee, and hip reconstructions.
“We acknowledge that for manufacturing to exist in Australia in its own right, technology and innovation must be integrated and delivered organically with industry partners, including those in education,” Kevin said.
“Some of today’s fastest growing occupations require STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) related skills and experience, so we need to enable opportunities for future training within the industry. We are working on a framework called ‘dynamic learning 24/7’ which will create an online platform for innovation in manufacturing and deliver home-grown, sustainable, environmentally considered, world class products and services.
“It’s an exciting time to be in advanced manufacturing and Campbelltown is leading the charge.”
Campbelltown’s skyline is set to be transformed with work in progress on the $16 million expansion of Rydges Campbelltown.
The exciting new look for the four-and-a-half star hotel will include an upgraded terrace area, an extra 38 rooms, stylish refurbishments to its existing 116 rooms, as well as brand new event space for corporate and social occasions.
For the business traveller, managers, and local companies, new and bigger conference facilities will accommodate 200 attendees.
Hotel general manager Brett Barlow said it will also prove a boon for weddings.
“This expansion will provide Campbelltown with a brand new contemporary ceremony and reception venue,” he said.
“It’s a market that we haven’t promoted heavily to date, but you can be assured it will be THE place to celebrate your special Day, and even a weekend!”
“On-site ceremonies, reception space to spread out, and accommodation to cater for travelling loved ones – the ideal one-stop location to tie the knot!”
The new accommodation tower has been designed by Scott Carver Architects, who were also the designers of Aquafit Leisure Centre, The Cube Entertainment Centre and the renovated Campbelltown Catholic Club – which are all located within the one destination precinct in the Campbelltown CBD.
The hotel expansion and refurbishment is expected to be complete by July 2018.
Rydges Campbelltown, which includes OTIS Grill Bar with its own micro brewery, has thrived since it opened in 2007.
With world class facilities at Club Menangle, Campbelltown is the home of Australian harness racing, but the NSW Harness Racing Club is not resting on its laurels with more expansion plans in the wings.
Today, the Club, which contributes more prize money than any other harness racing club in Australia, holds more than 100 race meetings each year, including Australia’s richest sprint race – the Miracle Mile – and many other internationally recognised races.
Incorporated in 1902, the Club was originally based at Harold Park Paceway in inner Sydney. In the 1950s, the Menangle Park site was purchased and in 2008, members voted in favor of the Board’s recommendation to sell Harold Park and relocate the Club’s entire operation to Menangle Park.
Chief Executive of NSW Harness Racing Club, Bruce Christison, said that in the years leading up to the decision to relocate, the Club undertook an extensive feasibility study to select the future site.
“Campbelltown, as expected, has become one of the most significant growth areas in the country and the Club was, and still is, excited by the opportunities this presents both now and in the future,” Bruce said.
“The Club took into account the forecasted growth of the Campbelltown area, which was a major factor in the decision to relocate to Menangle Park. The growth that we have experienced, both as a Club and as a venue, has more than justified that decision.”
Stage one of the development of the Menangle Park site commenced with the construction of a 1400m race track, the largest harness racing track in Australia. In December 2010, the Harold Park site was sold and all racing activities moved to the Menangle Park complex, now known as Club Menangle.
The Club then set about building international standard facilities including three grandstands, a 350 seat restaurant, outstanding function rooms, a state of the art television studio and world class stables.
“In 2015, when NSW hosted the World Driving Championship, we had the best drivers from all over the world competing throughout the state,” Bruce said. “These entrants told the world that both the track and facilities at Club Menangle are better than any they have witnessed.”
In the years since the decision was made to sell the iconic Harold Park complex and base its future in the city of Campbelltown, the Club has invested more than $50 million in the site, which continues to develop as both a racetrack and entertainment complex.
“Recently, land adjoining the track was purchased and a permanent world class training complex has been established on the site,” said Bruce. “These stables have already attracted 160 horses from throughout NSW, Victoria, Queensland and New Zealand, which is boosting employment and the economy in Campbelltown.”
Late last year, the Club purchased the historic Menangle House site located nearby the race track, and has long term plans to develop a registered club, hotel accommodation and associated businesses as the area continues to grow.
“The long term objective is to establish an entire entertainment precinct, which will offer a wide variety of options for the rapidly increasing population of south west Sydney,” said Bruce. “With many families looking for affordable housing options with accessibility to all areas of Sydney, the Campbelltown area is the ideal demographic for our rapidly growing business.
“The announcement to locate the second Sydney airport at Badgerys Creek, and the associated infrastructure this will entail, further demonstrates the foresight the Club had in selecting Campbelltown as the location for the NSW Harness Racing Club, and can only further increase the appeal of Campbelltown for commercial and residential potential.”
A significant milestone has been achieved. The final Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) – a product used as an alternative to steel and concrete – panel has been installed at ‘The Gardens Macarthur’ to complete the residential development of what is currently Australia’s largest tall timber building.
The $30 million development, which is guaranteed to become an urban design landmark for the city, consists of 101 apartments over three towers – six, seven and eight stories in height.
Internationally, timber construction has been widely accepted as a preferred innovative, environmentally friendly building material for medium and mid-rise construction in Europe and the US for more than 15 years. In Australia, however, this is a relatively new method, with Campbelltown now at the forefront of this new dimension of construction.
CLT construction methods offer a faster build time, without compromising on the structural integrity, quality and aesthetics of the design. The product also has a number of additional advantages – using timber building materials not only creates fewer carbon emissions without any increase in costs, but a Planet Ark study has shown that wooden interiors improve a person’s emotional state, reducing blood pressure, heart rate and stress levels.
Located close to Campbelltown’s restaurant and entertainment precinct, The Gardens three tower residential complex consist of 101 beautifully crafted apartments, all of which have been cleverly designed to attract maximum natural light and cross flow ventilation.
The towers, the final of which was completed in October 2017, took just six months to complete and received a commendation at the 2017 UDIA awards for Excellence in Affordable Development.
Club Menangle, having already made its mark on the Australian harness racing scene by establishing one of the best tracks in the world, is now set to transform Menangle House Hotel.
As a registered club, Club Menangle was unable to own or operate a hotel/pub, so upon purchasing the property two years ago, the club began the process of transforming Menangle House to a registered club. This process was recently approved, so the club can begin their planned refurbishments of the property.
Stage one will include a new entry and car park to improve access to the property. The garden terrace and previous entry area will be fully enclosed to ensure these areas can be used all year round and in all weather conditions. The marquee will be replaced by a new function room including a beautiful garden area for pre-dinner drinks. The lower terrace will include sun protection and a children’s playground. Inside, a variety of spaces will be created to appeal to all demographics.
The amazing views to the south will be maintained and of course the open fire will continue to be a feature on those cold winter nights.
Catering will be provided by the award winning team from Club Menangle, led by Executive Chef Geoff Muscat. Dining options will include an a la carte restaurant, casual dining in the lounge area, and 'street dining' in the lower terrace area.
Club Menangle Chief Executive, Bruce Christison, said the timing for this redevelopment is perfect.
“It is exciting that this infrastructure will be available as the Menangle Park village develops. Attracting the new Menangle Park local community as members of the Club will certainly be a priority,“ Christison said.
“The outstanding new function room and gardens will also be an attraction for the entire region,” Christison said. “Weddings will be a priority and the function area has been designed with this in mind. The room layout is very flexible, an outdoor pre-dinner drinks area, bridal room and vehicle access have all been included. This new room area adds another alternative to the amazing function facilities and catering offered trackside at Club Menangle.”
Construction on the $8 million project is due to commence in late 2018.
The project is stage one of the clubs 10 year plan. Master planning for the overall site is currently underway to ensure Club Menangle can continue to expand with the growth of Menangle Park and the surrounding area. Longer term plans include the inclusion of hotel accommodation and the integration of the heritage listed Menangle House.