Thornton (or ‘North Penrith’) is a strategically significant locality in western Sydney, located in a prominent location adjacent to the Penrith Railway Station and Penrith Town Centre that has been declared a State Significant Site by The Minister for Planning to accommodate significant residential and employment growth for the region. Urban Growth has coordinate the redevelopment process with a number of development stages already constructed or currently under construction.

Urbis is assisting St Hilliers and First Point Projects in realising their vision for the redevelopment of the Thornton Precinct at North Penrith.

The project has set a new benchmark for design quality in Penrith, and has been hugely successful and well-received by the Council and local community.

Urbis was involved initially to provide advice, input and strategic direction into the preparation of a masterplan for the North Penrith Town Centre. This involved close engagement with Urban Growth NSW, Penrith City Council and our project team.

These were some of the first design competitions undertaken in Penrith.

Since the masterplan was endorsed, Urbis has coordinated the approval of the first 3 residential stages of the project, and also a serviced apartment building on the site for QUEST.

Urbis has also assisted with coordinating two design competitions for the project, in close consultation with the NSW Office of the Government Architect.

More recently, Urbis has also assisted with successfully amending Penrith LEP 2010 to allow for unrestricted building height on the site and increased density on the site, to make way for significant redevelopment of the retail precinct and superlot adjacent to Penrith Railway Station. This also involved coordinating a design competition for significant tower forms on this site, and approval of a new supermarket for North Penrith.

Urbis is also providing landscape and property economic services for this project.

Thornton Central is a transformative project for Western Sydney, and provides a genuine mixed use revitalisation of North Penrith.

The project is setting a new benchmark for design quality, living and work in the ‘new west’.