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ATP CBA Redevelopment Approved with Changes by Planning Assessment Commission

The Planning Assessment Commission has made a number of important changes to the Department of Planning’s proposed consent conditions before providing approval for the Mirvac ATP development. Below is: a summary of the decision from the PAC Information sheet; links to the PAC reports and changes; and the ATP media release. Please note a number of significant changes are not highlighted in the Summary including changes to the Contribution Plan fees payable and measures to monitor public transport use by the site on an annual basis - the full details can be read in the ATP Determination Report link at the end of the PAC Summary.

Summary Fact Sheet Tuesday, 20 December 2016

NSW Planning Assessment Commission Determination: Australian Technology Park (ATP), Eveleigh (SSD 7317)
The NSW Planning Assessment Commission has approved the Australian Technology Park (ATP) State significant development application, subject to amendments to building design as well as comprehensive conditions and management requirements. The project involves a new commercial campus on vacant land at this important heritage location. The project consists of:

  • three mixed use buildings to include commercial, retail, community office, child care and gym uses; and
  • associated public domain improvements.

No works are proposed to any of the existing buildings within the ATP precinct, including heritage buildings, which range from the State listed Eveleigh Railway Workshops to associated machinery and tools.

The Commission notes that A Plan for Growing Sydney (2014), as well as the draft Central District Plan (2016) identify the ATP site as a business park. The objectives of the plans are to attract jobs and activity to this location which is within close proximity to the road and rail network. The Project will meet these objectives by locating approximately 10,500 operational jobs on the site. Retail uses, upgraded and new community facilities, a gym and child care centres will also be provided in an improved public domain setting. The historically industrial character of the locality will be reinforced, while provision will be made for incubating and supporting new technologies and growth sectors.

In making its determination, the Commission has addressed key community and government agency concerns regarding the bulk and height of buildings and their integration with surrounding land uses and built form. To this end, the Commission required the Applicant to redesign Building 1, reducing the height and modulating the massing of the building where it adjoins the Alexandria Child Care Centre and existing apartments. The form of this building has also been adapted to minimise overshadowing of buildings on Henderson Road.

The Commission has taken care to balance economic growth and development with heritage on the site, and has included conditions recommended by the Heritage Council of NSW as well as requiring ongoing consultation with local residents and interest groups ranging from Aboriginal groups to current and past rail workers. Community facilities on the site are to be improved, with community access assured through management conditions. Ongoing consultation with Transport for NSW has also been required to ensure effective travel demand management.

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Links to Key PAC documents can be found on the PAC website. They Key links are


Supplementary Information


Below is the Mirvac Media Release on the decision:

Mirvac receives Development Approval for the Australian Technology Park transformation

Mirvac Group (ASX:MGR) has secured Development Approval (DA) from the Planning and Assessment Commission for the Australian Technology Park (ATP) at Redfern, Sydney.

Set to become a world-class technology and innovation hub that will bolster Sydney’s standing as a truly global city, the new precinct will deliver a state of the art work and lifestyle destination. The planning approval marks the start of work at the precinct, with earthworks set to commence in January 2017.

As home to 10,000 Commonwealth Bank of Australia’s (CBA) employees, the precinct will also have generous public and shared spaces, a community building, parks and sporting fields, and diverse retail for the community.

Simon Healy, General Manager – Commercial Development at Mirvac, said the revitalisation of ATP is the first critical piece of the Central to Eveleigh corridor transformation and will be a catalyst for the surrounding neighbourhoods, greater Sydney and Australia.

“We’re excited to be progressing to the next stage of the ATP development for Sydney. We have built a network of industry leading partners who have all been integral to getting us to this point in the development process and we look forward to collaborating closely with them as construction progresses.”

Mirvac partnered with CBA to develop a vision for the transformation of the site, working with Urban Growth, the NSW Department of Planning and Environment and the Planning and Assessment Commission to facilitate community feedback on the development application.

“Central to our vision for the site is restoring its former status as Australia’s technological powerhouse, through initiatives such as the $2.1million innovation and technology incubator fund and co-working space. We have also developed a Heritage Interpretation Strategy for the precinct, which celebrates the rich historical significance of ATP and conserves the many artefacts on site,” he said.

The next phase of development will see construction work begin for CBA’s first workplace building in January 2017. Mirvac have appointed a dedicated community liaison officer and external consultant to manage the ongoing consultation and communication with the public through all stages of the development.

Source: Mirvac Media Release 20 December 2016