Request For Proposals for White Bay Power Station

30 October 2015

UrbanGrowth NSW will today hold an industry briefing on the Request For Proposals for the adaptive re-use of White Bay Power Station, and the development and activation of its forecourt which extends to the water’s edge.

To be held on the White Bay Power Station forecourt, the industry briefing follows the release last week by the NSW Premier and Planning Minister of The Bays Transformation Plan, which identifies the White Bay Power Station site as an immediate priority destination that could kick-start the transformation of The Bays Precinct.

The purpose of the briefing is to present the detail, process and criteria for the Request For Proposals to the property industry and interested stakeholders. More than 300 people have registered to attend the briefing.

“Today effectively marks the start of the transformation of The Bays Precinct,” said UrbanGrowth NSW Chief Executive, David Pitchford.

“White Bay Power Station is a recognised landmark in The Bays Precinct so it is fitting that one of the first actions under the Transformation Plan is a call for proposals to transform the State heritage listed building and its surrounds.

“Sydney has an exciting future as the home of a diversified and internationally competitive knowledge sector and White Bay Power Station has the potential to be the hub for that sector.”

The NSW Government is seeking the economic benefits that will be delivered from a knowledge-intensive jobs hub at White Bay Power Station with a target of 100,000sqm of commercial floor-space allocated across technology, education, health and creative sectors.

There is also the opportunity to work with government agencies to create a variety of public transport options as well as improved active transport (walking and cycling) connections to existing networks.

The Request For Proposals is offering the overall site in two parts: firstly, the Power Station Site, and a second site, comprising two lots, which is intended to deliver a precinct that supports and is ancillary to a knowledge-intensive jobs precinct. The balance of the site will be retained in public ownership and form part of the Bays Waterfront Promenade and reserve.

The lot containing the existing White Bay Power Station will be offered on the basis of a 50 year leasehold interest from practical completion of the Power Station restoration, with the remaining two development lots to be offered for freehold sale.

The Request For Proposals calls for the adaptive re-use of the Power Station to include the provision of public access to parts of the building.

“From public feedback in the transformation process so far, we know that there is a strong community connection to the White Bay Power Station and, as a result, social and cultural outcomes and continued public access to parts of the building are non-negotiable,” Mr Pitchford said.

“White Bay Power Station also featured strongly in the Call for Great Ideas, with approximately one-third of all submissions relating to this Destination and its potential to accommodate knowledge intensive jobs, together with public access to the heritage building and foreshore.

“We believe a re-imagined White Bay Power Station will be the centrepiece and catalyst for the economic transformation of the Bays Precinct through the creation of a research and employment hub focused on the technology, education, health or creative industries.”

The Industry Briefing will also showcase recent projects focussing on The Bays Precinct and White Bay Power Station in particular, by students at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) and the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS).

The Request for Proposals officially opens on Friday, 30 October 2015 and will close on Thursday, 25 February 2016.

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