This first of its kind precinct for Australia will benefit a wide range of industries looking to innovate their use of robotics and automation.
DevelopmentWA’s vision for the 51-hectare automation and robotics testing precinct based in the Neerabup Industrial Area was to create a world leading facility serving as a development and testing ground, providing opportunities for local industry and business sectors to test a range of technologies in a custom-built environment.
The first stage will deliver the initial test beds, access routes and site facilities. A second stage will feature a 1,200m2 common user test facility.
TBB has been involved with the Meridian Park industrial estate and initially prepared the Neerabup Industrial Area agreed structure plan. In 2021, TBB was commissioned to assist DevelopmentWA to prepare development applications in a sequential order to optimise timeframes and reduce risk.
The initial development application was for approval of a ‘research and development centre’, which is a use not listed in the City’s local planning scheme. The development approval was then amended for a temporary site office.
TBB worked collaboratively with the client, project team and the City of Wanneroo to ensure development approvals were in place to facilitate a Government announcement in October 2021.
On 5th October, the Government announced works had commenced at the site.
A future development application will be prepared for the common user test facility. This is intended to be a landmark building offering research and industry space for a range of users.