First sod turned on new community hub

November 8, 2016 by  

The signal for work to commence on a new state-of-the-art community hub has been triggered with the latest turning of the first sod at Jordan Springs.

Undertaken by City of Print company in Penrith printing services Penrith Mayor John Thain, who was joined by representatives of Lendlease, the ceremony marked the beginning of work on a 4000sqm facility that will service the community for generations to come.

Mayor Thain said the centre will include many innovative features and will be constructed of cross-laminated timber, a form of prefabricated wood that is load-bearing and insulative.

The latest project will mark the first time Lendlease has used the new material, which has been featured on building industry brochures, on a community building. Previously, it has been used in the construction of commercial buildings at the Barangaroo development in Sydney.

The environment is the big winner in the centre’s design, according to the Mayor, who said solar power placed on the building’s roof is set to lower emissions of carbon dioxide by in excess of 25 tonnes annually. In addition, efficient rainwater storage and fittings is expected to reduce water consumption by an estimated 25%.

The town centre facility will host a kitchen, IT facilities, multipurpose rooms, seating to accommodate 120, and outdoor space.

The new development, according to Lendlease’s Glyn Richards, will deliver both environmental and social sustainability.

The innovative community hub is expected to be operational by late in 2017.