Williamtown Aerospace Centre – Hub of Commercial Defence Capability
The Williamtown Aerospace Centre (WAC) is a national, award-winning, regional partnership established to create, enhance and facilitate commercial activities in the land adjoining RAAF Base Williamtown and Newcastle Airport. Located just two hours north of Sydney, Australia, a rare opportunity exists for your organisation to be at the leading edge of aerospace, defence technology and aviation development.
Winner of the 2014 National Economic Development Partnership Award from Economic Development Australia, WAC was recognised for activities that led the way to the creation of commercial opportunities at Australia’s largest operating Air Force Base and one of Australia’s fastest growing regional airports.
As a site, WAC includes the Newcastle Airport Precinct and 120 hectares of industrial and business land. It will provide first class facilities and a variety of infrastructure solutions to meet the needs of individual organisations of any size or requirement. WAC will also facilitate the expansion of RAAF Base Williamtown’s capability to meet the changing requirements of the RAAF and its Defence contractors throughout this century.
Set on three hectares of land located at the entrance to Newcastle Airport and just two minutes from the entrance to the RAAF Base Williamtown, 1 Technology Place is the exciting first stage of the Williamtown Aerospace Centre. The commercial campus-style tech park includes commercial offices, and technical and light industrial spaces for lease. Technology Place has delivered Australia’s premier Defence Estate.
Six buildings have now been completed, with the fully leased final building Charlie recently completed. Listed further below are WAC’s foundation tenants.
All buildings have been designed and built to Defence zone level security requirements and have access to Defence Secure IT Networks (subject to Defence approval) to meet the modern requirements of aerospace, defence, technology and aviation, and related industry companies.
The estate boasts the 95-room Mercure Hotel (Newcastle Airport) and a conference centre with substantial seminar and meeting room facilities at the heart of the estate.
RAAF Base Williamtown is Australia’s primary Defence Fighter Base, home of the Wedgetail early warning squadron (AEW&C) and the Surveillance and Control SPO.
The Williamtown base will be the RAAF’s command, operations and training base for the new F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) upon its arrival in Australia in 2018. It will also be home to two F-35 JSF squadrons and a F-35 JSF training squadron.
Furthermore, BAE Systems within the Williamtown Aerospace Centre has been named as the Australian F-35 JSF maintenance hub and the F-35 JSF Pacific Hemisphere Sustainment facility.
Current Tenants include:
- Raytheon Australia
- Bohemia Interactive Simulations
- Nova Systems / Hensoldt / Airbus
- Lockheed Martin
- Boeing Defence Australia
- Redarc Technologies / Hummingbird Electronics
- University of Newcastle
- Martin-Baker Australia
- Pacific Aerospace Consulting
- Central Health Alliance
- Hunter Imaging Group
- Café Beans Cafe
Australia’s Premier Defence Technology Estate
Williamtown Aerospace Centre (WAC Holdings Pty Limited) has completed six buildings which are all fully leased in Technology Place. These buildings include custom facilities for Raytheon Australia, Lockheed Martin Australia, Nova Defence Systems, Airbus / Hensoldt, Bohemia Interactive Simulations, Viasat, Milskil, Redarc Technologies, University of Newcastle, Central Health Alliance, Hunter Imaging Group and the Central Beans café, Plexsys, Hexagon, Pacific Aerospace Consulting, Martin-Baker Australia and Boeing Defence Australia.
Technology Place is located off the gateway to Newcastle Airport and Williamtown Drive. The estate’s campus design means you will be located with other aerospace and air industry companies, and adjacent to Australia’s largest operating Air Force base, RAAF Williamtown and Newcastle Airport for ease of access all over Australia.
The final Building on the Technology Place campus, Charlie Building is now constructed and is fully leased.
Technology Place buildings are as close to RAAF Base Williamtown as you can get without being on it!
All properties have been custom designed to suit the tenants’ requirements in fulfilment of ongoing Department of Defence contracts. Each property has been built to meet Defence industry security requirements.
The 95 room Mercure Hotel opened in August 2015.
Potential tenants could include;
- Defence contractors offices
- Light industrial workshops, warehouses
- Transport services
- General Office Users seeking a midway location to Newcastle and Port Stephens with excellent exposure and access to Newcastle Airport
- Airport terminal related services
- Customs and other regulatory bodies
- Car hire