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DA consent for first two buildings at Astra Aerolab

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Just a month after Prime Minister Anthony Albanese turned the first sod on Newcastle Airport’s $110 million terminal expansion, the airport has marked another major milestone with the planning approval for development applications (DA) of the first two building projects on Astra Aerolab.
Two multi-tenanted buildings, a hybrid office/industrial office and a central hub office, designed to accommodate SMEs, startups and education and training facilities will be constructed with works likely commencing in early 2024. Zone security is incorporated into base building specification for both projects allowing for zone 4 security if designed by the end users.
The milestone follows closely on the heels of the Federal Government's commitment to invest $100 million in partnership with BAE Systems Australia at Williamtown on Astra Aerolab, showing a firm statement of confidence in the Hunter Region and the Precinct.
Newcastle Airport CEO Dr Peter Cock said the vision for Astra Aerolab is to be the world’s most uplifting defence, aerospace and innovation precinct and to cement the region as a leader in the aerospace industry.
“We are creating something here at Williamtown that is totally unique,” he said.
“Astra Aerolab is a place where world-leading defence, research, aerospace and industry partners will converge to innovate, push boundaries, embrace new technologies and develop the jobs for the future.
“With our International Terminal Expansion now under construction, we are excited to enhance the Hunter Region’s global connectivity by providing opportunities through freight, international connections, creating thousands of jobs and strengthening our existing direct networks.
“That’s why we’ve put so much effort in developing a business park environment that is designed to drive high performance and help the transition of our region. We are leading the way when it comes to diversifying, and we are proud to be part of that.
The first development consent at Astra Aerolab is for an office industrial facility of 3,200 sqm. This building can be adapted to 1,300 sqm of office space for a single user, or four suites of circa 250 sqm each and two 1000 sqm industrial assembly areas. The facility has storage areas and some car parking on site, with additional tenant and visitor parking provided in the common user car park close by.
The second development consent is for a multi-tenanted seven level 5,700 sqm office building designed for small and mediumsized enterprises, education and training facilities and is ideally suited for startup entrepreneurs.
On offer are five contiguous office floors of approximately 800 sqm of space that can be easily subdivided. The bottom two floors will have retail, food and beverage outlets and common facilities for the amenity of all tenants and the Astra community.
Newcastle Airport’s Executive General Manager, Property, Rob Green, says the two DA approvals are a significant milestone for the precinct and a demonstration of Newcastle Airport’s commitment and advancement of the Astra Aerolab.
“We are development ready, with all the statutory approvals in place, the roads and enabling infrastructure already built, and a construction contractor panel in place.
“We are well advanced with several built to order projects for Defence Primes, but we know that for Astra to reach its potential it needs to accommodate a range of industry segments including SMEs.
“That’s why we are progressing these two multi-tenanted buildings, the approved hybrid office/industrial building and the central hub office. With close alignment to Defence, building security to meet the requirements for Defence work is incorporated into the base building specifications and design.
"It is envisaged that construction will commence early next year for completion in 2025," Mr Green said.
Innovation and sustainability are at the core of Astra Aerolab’s built environment, and the vision for the precinct is fast becoming a reality with Stage 1 leasing opportunities now available. Astra Aerolab invites you to become part of a journey that redefines the possibilities of the aerospace and defence sector.
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