Significant interest in proposal to transform White Bay Power Station

1 March 2016

UrbanGrowth NSW has received significant interest from a range of Australian and international contenders hoping to lead the transformation of Sydney’s iconic White Bay Power Station.

A total of 13 proposals were lodged with UrbanGrowth NSW during the Request for Proposals (RFP) process which closed last Thursday.

“The White Bay Power Station has been earmarked as the global hub for high tech jobs and innovation and the RFP process provided organisations with the opportunity to demonstrate their vision and capability to transform this historic asset and its surrounds,” said UrbanGrowth NSW Chief Executive David Pitchford.

Mr Pitchford said the submissions will be assessed against criteria that include strategic objectives, development outcomes and economic value.

“The proposals will now go through the process of evaluation and recommendations will be made to government in June 2016,” he said.

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

Industry was asked to take into account the views of local communities, governments and experts, including feedback from past UrbanGrowth NSW activities like the Discussion Paper, Call for Great Ideas and Transformation Plan for The Bays Precinct, in framing their proposals. The RFP also detailed requirements for protecting and maintaining the Power Station’s significant heritage, and opening it up to the public.

The RFP and subsequent processes will inform the planning and approvals needed to create a knowledge-intensive jobs hub. A rezoning application and detailed development controls will be prepared by UrbanGrowth NSW through collaboration with government departments and agencies, local councils, local residents, local businesses and other stakeholders.

Take a look inside the Power Station

Everyone can now experience the White Bay Power Station’s internal spaces and surrounds by taking UrbanGrowth NSW’s virtual tour. Click on locations marked on the map to tour each section of the Power Station as it looks today.

About the White Bay Power Station

The White Bay Power Station, closed since 1983, is an immediate priority Destination for The Bays Precinct Urban Transformation Program. It will be adaptively reused to house major knowledge sectors and high quality public spaces, activating the site and connecting it with the waterfront. UrbanGrowth NSW plans to commence the transformation of the White Bay Power Station in 2017.

The NSW Government is seeking the economic benefits that will be delivered from a knowledge-intensive jobs hub at White Bay Power Station. It is also considering how industry could work with government agencies to create a variety of public transport options, and improved active transport connections to existing networks, for the White Bay Power Station.

The White Bay Power Station site is around 10 hectares in total. UrbanGrowth NSW plans to subdivide the area into three lots, comprising the Power Station and an area intended to support the tech hub. The balance of the site will form part of the Bays Waterfront Promenade.

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