28 - 30 November, 2017 | Australia

Conference Day One: Thursday, 30th November 2017

8:30 am - 9:00 am Coffee & Registration

9:00 am - 9:10 am Conference Opening – Remarks from the Conference Chairperson

9:10 am - 9:50 am CASE STUDY: Master Plan for Macquarie Park’s Further Development to Create a Smart & Connected Precinct

Zara Crichton - General Manager, Connect Macquarie Park + North Ryde
Originally a business park characterised by low scale buildings, with a large footprint in a leafy green environment, in the past two decades Macquarie Park has undergone a major transformation. Currently there are approximately 45,000 employees working in Macquarie Park and that number is expected to double in the next 20 years. To prepare for its predicted growth, specific planning controls are being developed for Macquarie Park including smarter transport options. This session will look how Macquarie Park is planning on becoming more attractive to commercial tenants and plans for becoming an innovation hub.

  • Focus on transport oriented development, improving pedestrian networks and creating appealing public spaces
  • Plans for enhancing mobility in order to increase productivity and assist continued growth
  • Providing greater access to and from Macquarie Park to increase attractiveness for potential employees

Zara Crichton

General Manager
Connect Macquarie Park + North Ryde

9:50 am - 10:30 am CASE STUDY: Australian Technology Park Strategic Plan for Activating Land Use and Urban Regeneration of Historical Location

William Walker - Development Director - Australian Technology Park, Mirvac
Australian Technology Park is bounded by the railway corridor and Redfern Railway Station. ATP is focused on supporting the growth and commercialisation of Australian technology businesses. Since its establishment in 1994, ATP has become the premier scientific and technological research and development facility in NSW, with more than 100 companies working in various fields of technological innovation. Mirvac group has secured the development approval of ATP and the Park Set to become a world-class technology and innovation hub that will bolster Sydney’s standing as a global city, the new precinct will deliver a state of the art work and lifestyle destination.

  • Establishing the zone to encourage a mixture of economic activities that align to jobs, skills and home location
  • Assessing key selection criteria for successful operation of a business park – access to transport, freight corridors, land for expansion and demand for critical mass employment
  • Proximity to workforce – 30 minute commute to work which ultimately encourage an work, live and play atmosphere

William Walker

Development Director - Australian Technology Park

10:30 am - 11:00 am Speed Networking

11:00 am - 11:30 am Morning Tea

11:30 am - 12:10 pm PANEL DISCUSSION: Ensuring the Viability of Mixed Use Developments at the Planning and Concept Design Stages

William Walker - Development Director - Australian Technology Park, Mirvac
Nik Tabain - State Partner, Gray Puksand
Understanding the viability of mixed use developments can be exceedingly complex. The demand for residential space might be enough to drive up retail marketability or the scope of retail interest might inspire residential demand. Perhaps neither of these is true and other community/market factors are having influential effects. This panel discussion will look at ways of effectively designing mixed use developments to ensure they effectively meet the needs of the area in which they are built and are therefore viable.

  • Understand the ways that the different uses of a mixed use development can integrate and potentially compliment each other
  • Explaining the impact comprehensive market considerations are having on the success of mixed use developments
  • Overcoming the technical design complexities that a mixed use project specifically presents, such as managing exhaust and adequately sharing parking between separate users

William Walker

Development Director - Australian Technology Park


Nik Tabain

State Partner
Gray Puksand

12:10 pm - 12:50 pm Interactive Discussion Groups

This is your chance to make your conference experience truly interactive and collaborative. Each IDG is set in a roundtable format and will be facilitated by an expert practitioner in the space. In two rotations, each IDG will last for 30 minutes, allowing you to pick the two top of mind topics you wish to discuss and solve.

Roundtable A

12:10 pm - 12:50 pm Master Planning & Design Integration for Maximum Future Commercial Feasibility
Rob Joyes - Director In Charge | Melbourne East & National Director, Colliers International

Rob Joyes

Director In Charge | Melbourne East & National Director
Colliers International

Roundtable B

12:10 pm - 12:50 pm Connecting Business Hubs & Transport: Economic Benefits of Reduced Travel Time, Cost and Distance

Roundtable C

12:10 pm - 12:50 pm Creating Sustainable Mixed Use Developments which Balance Environmental Impacts with Social and Economic Benefits
Nik Tabain - State Partner, Gray Puksand

Nik Tabain

State Partner
Gray Puksand

Roundtable D

12:10 pm - 12:50 pm Retrofitting Existing Buildings within Business Parks for Economical and Commercial Benefits

12:50 pm - 1:50 pm Lunch Break

1:50 pm - 2:30 pm PANEL DISCUSSION: Occupants Requirements when Selecting a Next Generation Business Park

Having the right type of rented office or warehouse space can be the key to a successful organisation.
Factors such as location and type the of business park can impact heavily on the final decision. This panel discussion will allow occupants from some of Australia’s leading business parks to discuss the thought process and selection criteria behind their decision to move into various precincts.

  • Contributing factors prior to making a decision; selection criteria regarding location, access to transport and employee requirements
  • Importance of amenities such as common and recreational areas, residential areas and other urban dwellings
  • Mixed use developments vs industrial business precincts

2:30 pm - 3:10 pm CASE STUDY: Horsley Drive Business Park – Achieved a 6 Star Green Star Rating

Reini Otter - Executive General Manager of Commercial & Industrial & Investment Property, Frasers Property Australia
Horsley Drive Business Park is an innovative and sustainable new industrial estate, which has set a new benchmark for industrial parks in Australia. The development will be the first industrial estate to achieve a 6 Star Green Star design rating from the Green Building Council of Australia. It is ideally situated in an established industrial precinct in Western Sydney’s Wetherill Park with access to a large and experienced workforce in the fast growing region. In this session Reini will discuss the opportunities as well as the challenges. 

  • Partnering and developing for Western Sydney Parkland Trust
  • Community consultation during the planning process 
  • Setting high sustainability benchmarks 
  • Reducing the carbon footprint of buildings through technology 
  • Sustainability delivers significant cost savings for Martin Brower


Reini Otter

Executive General Manager of Commercial & Industrial & Investment Property
Frasers Property Australia

3:10 pm - 3:50 pm Afternoon Tea

3:50 pm - 4:30 pm Drawing Inspiration from London’s Chiswick Park for Next Generation Considerations when Designing Commercial Precincts

Nik Tabain - State Partner, Gray Puksand
Chiswick Park has been developed as a place favouring people rather than vehicles. Designed for pedestrian priority (75 percent of those working at Chiswick Park arrive on foot, by bicycle, bus or train), all vehicular activity is routed around the edge of the site, to screened car parks or undercrofts beneath the buildings. In this session Nik, will draw on inspiration from Chiswick Park in London and he will discuss what the future of business hubs could potentially look like in Australia. He will also touch on other case examples from across Australia.

  • Salta Properties Nexus Corporate Park in Melbourne’s South East – Why has this estate captured more than half the pre-committed lease deals over the last 5 years.
  • The direct influence of Chiswick Park to the masterplan solution of Ferntree Business Park
  • The recent success of Williams Landing as commercial estate, and the influence of the town centre to its success.
  • Is the university campus / town centre the model that business parks should be targeting, where place making is the predominant focus.
  • What thinking is required for a “post car” future.
How to future proof the estate when driverless technology reduces the focus on car parking.
Are todays carparks adaptable for other uses, or are they potentially redundant structures?

Nik Tabain

State Partner
Gray Puksand

4:30 pm - 5:00 pm CHAMPAGNE ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION: Costs and Benefits of Limiting Business Parks to One Industry for Increased Collaboration

The current alignment of jobs, skills and home locations in the area is an important backdrop when assessing the economic benefits and consequences of limiting business precincts to specific industries.
Industry based business parks have been successful in Dubai, where there are precincts for education, technology, media and various other sectors. This session will allow participants to discuss the viability for one industry business parks in Australia.

  • Establishing infrastructure and resources to support industry strengths and state of the art technology
  • Balancing the needs of existing industry versus the growth in demand for office and high technology land uses
  • Costs and potential benefits associated with limiting business park usage to one industry or sector

5:00 pm - 5:10 pm Conference Closing – Remarks from the Conference Chairperson

5:10 pm - 5:10 pm Networking Drinks