Norwest Business Park
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Office buildings along Norwest Boulevarde, the park's main arterial road
|Development Type:||Business Park|
|Location||Bella Vista, New South Wales, Australia|
|Tenant's Operations:||Corporate headquarters
Research and Development
Reserve Bank of Australia
Optus Data Centre
|Size:||1,700,000 m2 (18,000,000 sq ft)|
|Developer:||The Hills Shire Council|
|Owner:||Buildings owned by trust, and investment, open space owned by Council|
|Website:||Norwest Business Park|
The Norwest Business Park is a business park in the suburbs of Bella Vista and Baulkham Hills in local government area of The Hills Shire in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Norwest Business is bordered by Windsor Road to the East, and Old Windsor Road to the West, with Norwest Boulevarde stretching the length of the park between the two main arterial roads. It is growing every day with new companies moving in to serve the people of the Hills District. Over 400 companies are located in the park employing more than 25,000 people. The complex consists of a mix of Commercial, Professional & Health care Services and several office buildings.
Australia's largest ice-skating rink, a shopping centre, Crowne Plaza Hotel, two service stations, Hillsong Church, Virgin Active gym, medical centre, commercial law firm HWL Ebsworth, banks, child care centres, drive-through post office, waterways and landscaped public open spaces are all located within the Business Park. Projected employment is 32,000 by 2031. The park is 172 Hectares in area and currently has 800 businesses. Occupied space is currently 500,000m² with Potential for a total of 1.7 million m².
The park was established in 1983, during the Sydney housing boom. Farms had previously occupied the area. The park grew with the expanding population of the area, and the first business to be constructed was the Baulkham Hills Coles supermarket, known as Norwest Markettown.
The expansion of the Hillsong Church in the area saw a corresponding expansion in the businesses of the area. In 2005, the Woolworths Limited head office was constructed, and now employs several thousand staff. Cafes and restaurants also serve the park.
Subaru Australia has an office in Baulkham Hills part of this business area.
The main form of transport to the business park is by bus or by cycling on the off-road Old Windsor Road Cycleway. In late 2005, the Westlink M7 Motorway opened up with an exit at the western end of Norwest Boulevarde; this gave the business park greater exposure for businesses in Southern and Western Sydney with motorway exits at the M5 at Prestons and the M4 at Eastern Creek respectively. The M2 Hills Motorway (which connects with the M7 near Old Windsor Road) also provides travel connections to the Sydney CBD and airport. However the increase of traffic flow from the motorways brought traffic congestion. Norwest Boulevarde, Windsor and Old Windsor Roads often suffer traffic jams during morning and afternoon peak times.
In late March 2007, the North West T-Way opened, providing relief to the traffic congested business park. The T-Way runs from Parramatta to Rouse Hill. The T-Way provides frequent bus services between Parramatta and Rouse Hill, promoting the use of public transport in and around Sydney. The route runs primarily along Old Windsor Road with several stops. Three T-way bus stations serve Norwest Business Park; Norbrik (near the corner of Old Windsor Road and Norbrik Drive), Meurants (near the corner of Old Windsor Road and Norwest Boulevard and Celebration (near the corner of Old Windsor Road and Celebration Drive). Hillsbus Route T64 between Parramatta and Rouse Hill travels through the business park seven days a week. Hillsbus also operate route 618 from the Sydney CBD via Lane Cove and route 628 from Macquarie Park via the M2, Windsor Road through Norwest Boulevard to Lexington Drive. Busways operate Route T70 through Norwest Business Park, linking with Castle Hill and Blacktown.
The North West T-Way also runs from Blacktown to Rouse Hill, running along Sunnyholt Road before joining the Parramatta - Rouse Hill T-Way at Burns Road. Until the North West Rail Link is constructed, the T-Way is the only form of public transport linking the park with Blacktown and Parramatta train stations.
The EIS for the construction of two underground railway stations for North West Rail was released in April 2012 with construction expected to start in 2014.