Ground has broken on a new Bunnings store which is set to form a key part of what is Sydney’s biggest industrial project currently under development.
A ceremony was held on Monday to mark the start of construction on the 15,000 square metre store, which is located on the site of the $1 billion Sydney Business Park development at Marsden Park.
Set to open in early 2015, the store will require 150 workers during construction as well as 180 ongoing employees.
In addition to the main store, it will feature an indoor timber trade sales area, a building materials and landscape supplies yard and outdoor nursery, an indoor playground and cafe and parking for more than 310 cars.
Sydney Business Park managing director Owen Walsh welcomed the start of work on the new store, saying Bunnings was the second retailer to start building on the site after IKEA broke ground early in March.
“The start of construction of Bunnings Warehouse Marsden Park marks an exciting time at Sydney Business Park,” Walsh said.
“As the second retailer within the business park commences work, we move closer to realising our vision of creating a world-class, master-planned business park that will create increased amenity, infrastructure and employment opportunities for greater Western Sydney.”
Set to lie within a five-kilometre radius of 65,000 homes and within 30 minutes travel time of more than one third of the city’s population, the 256-hectare Sydney Business Park is expected to be developed over 12 years and will provide around 17,000 employment opportunities as well as $350 worth of investment in surrounding infrastructure including a 4.6-kilometre upgrade to Richmond Road.
In addition to Bunnings, it will feature IKEA, Masters and Costco stores as well as 50 hectares of office space and McDonalds and Shell outlets.
It is expected to capitalise on a massive housing and infrastructure boom which according to government estimates will see 200,000 new residents living in 70,000 new homes within the North West Growth Corridor over the next two decades.