Western Australian developers Hesperia and Birchmead Property Group will partner to deliver a new residential and commercial project at DevelopmentWA’s Murdoch Health and Knowledge Precinct.
The project is anticipated to create 750 construction jobs, further boosting the 2,000 construction jobs to be created through the development of the neighbouring Medihotel and Stage 1A of the precinct.
The proponents plan to construct a 10-storey development on the 3,438sqm mixed use site, with the almost 17,000sqm floor area to include approximately 120 apartments and commercial opportunities.
Subject to approvals, construction is expected to commence in late 2021.
Work on Stage 1A of the precinct, which is also being delivered by Hesperia, will commence later this year and is scheduled for completion in early 2023.
Plans for Stage 1A were recently granted development approval and include aged care, a Medihotel, residential, commercial, medical and office facilities. The 80-bed Medihotel Murdoch was a key election commitment, and will deliver a better experience for recuperating patients and free up hospital beds so more patients can be treated.
The 9.6ha Murdoch Health and Knowledge Precinct is adjacent to Fiona Stanley Hospital and St John of God Murdoch, and close to Murdoch University, the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research and South Metropolitan TAFE.
The precinct is a catalyst for the delivery of the broader Murdoch Activity Centre, which is set to become a vibrant hub of world-class research, jobs and public transport. On completion, it is expected to deliver up to 35,000 jobs, homes for 22,000 residents, and facilities for up to 44,000 students.
As stated by Lands Minister Ben Wyatt:
“This latest acquisition by Hesperia and Birchmead Property Group demonstrates the confidence held by leading developers in the Murdoch Health and Knowledge Precinct.
“With Hesperia set to begin construction on Stage 1A this year, the planned development on Lot 118 will create more local jobs and is another important step in bringing this world-class precinct to life.”
As stated by Jandakot MLA Yaz Mubarakai:
“The Murdoch Health and Knowledge Precinct opens up so many career opportunities for our community. It is incredibly exciting for all of us to see new milestones reached in this project.
“Australia’s and WA’s world-class research and educational facilities are what brought me here as an international student in 1997. The Murdoch Health and Knowledge Precinct will help our State build on our already exemplary reputation as a world leader in education and research.”