Westmead Innovation Precinct
Visionary planning for a place of world-class healthcare and research. A productive, workable, liveable and accessible global health precinct.
As one of the largest health, research, training and education precincts in the southern hemisphere, Westmead integrates world-leading medical research institutes and universities with the principal hospital for western Sydney. Renowned for its comprehensive, highly specialised health services provided to its community, Westmead also is home to a substantial research and education community of national renown and international significance.
The new masterplan seeks to transform Westmead into a great place, one that attracts talent through a newly vibrant urban centre and supporting network of local neighbourhood centres. These gathering points will be imbued with a sense of identity and community. Integrating high quality amenities with easy accessibility they will make it a human, people-centric environment.
In partnership with WSP, Atelier Ten defined a sustainable future specific to Westmead and its institutional and community needs. This work was grounded on a series of stakeholder co-design workshops focused on emerging drivers of social, ecological, and financial sustainability and resilience. The sustainability vision was supported by a series of urban design guidelines, governance recommendations, and proposed implementation guidelines.
Atelier Ten also assisted with the urban design integration of the public domain with the surrounding Parramatta Park landscape and river ecology. This firmly aligns the masterplan with the ideals of the Greater Sydney Region Plan and positions it as a pivotal part of the Central River City.
The plan positions the precinct as central to Sydney and the State’s growth over the next decades. To ensure smooth operations far into an uncertain future Atelier Ten assisted with an adaptation and resilience strategy. This takes into account potential acute shocks and chronic stresses related to challenges surrounding climate, community and infrastructure.