Sydney Science Park at Luddenham work begins

Work is underway on a world-class science development in Luddenham.

The development of Australia’s first “smart city”, Sydney Science Park, began with a sod turn on Monday.

The facility is based in Luddenham and covers 280 hectares.

It is expected to generate more than 12,000 jobs and the facility is set to educate more than 10,000 students.

Sydney Science Park will be home to world-class science laboratories and is also set to pioneer ultra-high speed data capacity.

The first stage of development will include a mix of commercial, residential, educational and open space.

The first commercial building is set to being operating by 2021.

The $5 billion project is owned by western Sydney-based property group Celestino.

Plans for Sydney Science Park began more than eight years ago.

Celestino CEO John Vassallo said Monday’s sod turn was the first step towards the realisation of a “smart city” in Luddenham.

Mr Vassalo said Sydney Science Park would be home to some of Australia’s leading scientific institutions

He said the centre would provide great educational opportunities for western Sydney.

“Science, research and technology will be at the core of our site,” Mr Vassalo said.

“But we’re not putting any limits on what we can achieve.”

Mr Vassalo said the goal was to cement Sydney Science Park as the nation’s leader for education, innovation and sustainable communities.