Mirvac to encourage innovative startups to locate to Australian Technology Park
Both financial and non-financial criteria were used to assess the tender, including a vision to expand the Park’s technology focus, a commitment to upgrade public areas and community facilities, and to maintain the heritage of the site.
Planning Minister Rob Stokes said with the sale of ATP to the Mirvac-led consortium, the vision for the Park as a vibrant creative and tech precinct can be fully realised. “Our aspiration for this site is to continue the transformation from dilapidated railway buildings to a growing technology hub,” Mr Stokes said.
“Mirvac and its partners have made a commitment to revitalise the existing technology precinct, and the NSW Government has secured ongoing environmental, heritage and access commitments.”
Mirvac will develop new office space across the buildings and will also revitalise the Locomotive Workshop, which will be dedicated for technology and innovation users and startup businesses.
Additionally, up to 75,000sqm of floor space capacity will be reserved at ATP for technology uses into the future.
Mirvac has also entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the University of Sydney to support digital and creative industries and confirmed there is potential to accommodate other tech companies within the campus.
Mr Stokes said the sale was also good news for the communities surrounding the Central to Eveleigh rail corridor.
“The consortium has made a commitment to improving community facilities within ATP through a significant investment to upgrade to public areas, making them more accessible with benefits including a community building, childcare facilities, fitness facilities and the provision for retail outlets, cafes and restaurants,” Mr Stokes said.
“In accordance with the Government’s requirements, they will also maintain and manage the site’s heritage buildings, and ensure continued and safe public access through the site to important destinations like Redfern Railway Station.
For ATP Innovations and all to the companies based within the National Innovation Centre, it continues to be business as usual, with our existing 99 year lease simply transferring to the new owners.