Dexus-Frasers Building Design Revealed - August 2020
Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney Stuart Ayres unveiled a new $2.5 billion Central Place development by Dexus-Frasers which will form a key part of the rezoned precinct. “Located alongside the new Atlassian headquarters, Central Place alone will deliver over 150,000 square metres of commercial floor space for technology and innovation companies,” Minister Ayres said. Dexus and Frasers Property Australia unveiled international design team Fender Katsalidis and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill as the appointed architects on their Central Place Sydney development. Their winning design was selected following the first City of Sydney design competition run entirely online, with participants from over six countries. Dexus CEO, Darren Steinberg said the tech-focused design comprises two office towers of up to 39 levels and a landmark sculptural building, with 100 per cent renewable energy and a range of healthy building initiatives including touchless entry points and potential for the world’s first closed cavity façade system powered by artificial intelligence and solar glass.
Expert panel to help Tech Central take centre stage - August 2020
A high-powered group of industry, technology, education and city leaders has been formed to advise the NSW Government on how to activate Sydney’s Tech Central. The Tech Central Industry Advisory Group met for the first time last night to guide development of Sydney’s global innovation hub. Chaired by former Telstra CEO David Thodey, the Group will help realise the NSW Government’s vision of Australia’s home for technology and innovation in the heart of Sydney, adjacent to Central Station. “This Advisory Group will help join the dots between entrepreneurs, researchers, students, corporations and the wider community to help Tech Central fulfill its true potential, making the sum much greater than the parts” said Minister Ayres.
NSW Government announces $48.2 million initial funding package to kick-start the Tech Central - June 2020
The initial funding will allow the NSW Government to deliver up to 25,000 square metres of affordable space for start-ups and scale-ups over the next five years around Central Station. The NSW Government’s commitment will create the biggest technology hub of its kind in Australia, expand Sydney CBD’s commercial core to the south, and enhance Central’s status as one of the key transport hubs in NSW.
Atlassian confirmed as Tech Central anchor tenant - June 2020
Atlassian and the NSW Government have signed a binding agreement for the local tech giant to continue its expansion in Sydney as the first anchor of Tech Central. As part of the agreement and subject to certain conditions, Atlassian will re-develop the Railway Square YHA site in Central for its new headquarters. Atlassian will create up to 4,000 jobs, with a strong focus on product development teams, as part of this move to Central. Atlassian has announced NYC-based SHoP Architects, in partnership with Australian firm BVN, as the winners of a global design competition.
Private sector developments in pipeline - May 2020
Alongside the Atlassian plans, a Dexus & Frasers Property Australia consortium has a major proposal for new development around Central Station, which would deliver around 220,000 square metres of commercial and retail floorspace. The NSW Government has determined the proposal isof sufficient interest to warrant further development but have not agreed to the proposal. These are only the initial developments for the Precinct which present a unique brownfield opportunity for technology firms looking to expand.