Western Sydney University opens new retail precinct Caddens Corner
Professor Barney Glover AO, Vice-Chancellor and President, Western Sydney University; Clr Karen McKeown OAM, Mayor Penrith City; Melissa McIntosh MP, Member for Lindsay; Andrew Leclerc, Caddens Store Manager, Woolworths
The much anticipated Caddens Corner neighbourhood shopping centre, developed by Western Sydney University, has officially opened.
Located on O’Connell Street in the heart of Penrith’s Health and Wellbeing Precinct, Caddens Corner is a vibrant new retail and community destination that is set to generate over $60 million in local economic activity in the first 12 months and support over 400 new jobs.
Caddens Corner includes a full-line Woolworths supermarket, childcare centre, health and wellbeing services, a gym, food and dining precinct, a range of speciality retail stores, and a 500-car onsite car park, complete with electric vehicle chargers.
Western Sydney University Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Barney Glover AO, said Caddens Corner will contribute to the region by supporting people to live, learn and work in a community that is well connected to services, shops and other amenities.
“The University is proud to bring this retail project to life. The Caddens Corner development is set to enhance the liveability, productivity and sustainability of our local community, while creating much-needed new jobs for the local economy at a time when we are all focused on the economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Professor Glover.
“Caddens Corner is part of our ‘Western Growth’ strategy – a plan that is reshaping the University’s campus network and co-creating cities and infrastructure across Western Sydney. This is being done in partnership with industry and government and fosters a deep engagement with our local communities.
“This innovative project is enabling the University to maximise its investment in our core activities of teaching, engagement and research, and secure the financial sustainability of the University.”
The centre has impressive environmental credentials. A five-star, green star development, Caddens Corner has been built from sustainable materials and is powered by extensive solar panels. Its design features a low-lying profile so that it complements the landscape and adjoining suburbs.
The design also incorporates natural ventilation, which allows for rainwater to be harvested to maintain landscaping, and solar-powered lighting in the car park, that includes three charging stations for electric vehicles. Cyclists are catered for with bike parking and end of journey facilities.
There is also a focus on creating a space where people will want to spend time, with natural play elements, including water play features, outdoor spaces with phone charging and space for musicians to perform.
19 November 2020
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