QIC has submitted a development application in partnership with Utah-based experiential action sports leader Woodward for its first location outside North America.
The gamechanging facility will span three levels, allowing year-round training in skateboarding, BMX, scooter, snowboarding, skiing, aerial awareness, rock climbing and bouldering for visitors of all ages and ability levels, from beginners to Olympians.
In addition to setting a new benchmark for action sports development in Australia, the new facility will help to address the shortage of physical activity and recreation spaces in north-west Sydney. The NSW Office of Sport is in support of the project, with local schools expected to utilise the venue for physical education classes and after-school activities. A café, bar, gym and events space will also be incorporated into the space.
Matthew James, QIC Investment General Manager, says: “At Castle Towers we’re building a transformative town centre that anticipates the lifestyle needs and values of the growing Hills Shire community; the addition of Woodward’s world-leading action sports facility speaks directly to that aspiration." He adds: "The fact that Woodward has selected Castle Towers for its first destination outside of the US validates our long-term vision for the region and we couldn’t be more thrilled to be partnering with them on this endeavour.”
Chris Gunnarson, President of Woodward, explains: "Woodward Sydney will be our most innovative concept to date... Woodward has historically been known as the place to go if you are an aspirational professional athlete, and we want all Woodward locations to be focused on empowering athletes of all abilities and ages to safely progress on a clear path at their own pace using our unique blend of innovative environments, dynamic programming, and passionate staff."
Woodward Sydney augments QIC's pipeline of proposed developments in anticipating the needs of the rapidly growing Hills Shire community while capitalising on Castle Hill’s position as a key transport node for northern Sydney.