Redfern North Eveleigh Precinct Renewal

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Project overview

The NSW Government is transforming one of the most well-connected areas, the Redfern North Eveleigh Precinct, into a great new place for Sydney.

Development in the Precinct will enable the jobs of the future, provide housing, and create new open spaces and places for people to socialise.

We aim to create a place that celebrates the rich industrial, Aboriginal and creative roots of the Precinct and where everyone feels welcome both day and night.

Key benefits

  • Providing a mixed-use Precinct, with housing, offices, new open spaces and places to socialise.
  • Supporting the delivery of Australia’s biggest technology and innovation hub between Central and Eveleigh known as Tech Central, enabling high quality office space to support the jobs of the future.
  • Respecting the rich Aboriginal and industrial heritage of the Precinct.
  • Opening up the Precinct for the first time in about 100 years and improving connections in the Precinct and to surrounding areas.
  • Upgrading Redfern Station, including a new southern concourse, to improve accessibility and connections to key destinations in the area.

Creating new Sydney destinations

The NSW Government is shaping NSW cities, centres and communities for generations to come by revitalising major transport interchanges. We’re thinking beyond the infrastructure and service requirements and focusing on what transport enables. Transport for NSW and the NSW Transport Asset Holding Entity, the site owners, are in a unique position to transform this infrastructure into new Sydney destinations.  

Redfern North Eveleigh is one of three urban renewal projects shaping the future of Sydney. Together with Central Precinct Renewal and Circular Quay Renewal, Redfern North Eveleigh will give communities 34 hectares of a revitalised CBD that will change the face of Sydney. 

We’re working with the people of NSW to ensure these new Sydney destinations reflect the uniqueness of each iconic location and community. 

Where is Redfern North Eveleigh?

The 10-hectare Redfern North Eveleigh Precinct comprises three sub-precincts named after heritage buildings on the site: 

  • The Clothing Store Sub-Precinct: The western entry point to the site. The Clothing Store Sub-Precinct will have a residential character integrated with community uses to create a vibrant inner-city place designed for living. The adaptive re-use of the Clothing Store and new public domain will create a great place for people. 

  • The Carriageworks Sub-Precinct: The existing Carriageworks is an exemplar display of vibrant, adaptive re-use and forms the cultural heart of the Precinct. 

  • The Paint Shop Sub-Precinct: Adjacent to Redfern Station, the Sub-Precinct will connect to its surrounds via the new Southern Concourse. There will be innovative office spaces, residential, retail and community uses, open urban spaces and parks, and the adaptive re-use of heritage buildings, including the iconic Paint Shop building. 

While each Sub-Precinct will be a place with its own distinct character, they will form a connected and unified new place for Redfern. 

Redfern North Eveleigh Precinct Vision

The vision for Redfern North Eveleigh is to be a connected centre for living, creativity, and employment opportunities that supports the jobs of the future. It will be an inclusive, active, and sustainable place for everyone, where communities gather. 

The first version of the Strategic Vision was released in early 2021 to guide the renewal of the Precinct. Feedback from stakeholders and the community during the vision’s development was instrumental in shaping this important planning document.  

As part of the rezoning process, this Strategic Vision has now been updated to include additional key elements such as Connecting with Country and further context about the Precinct’s role in innovation. 

Proposed rezoning for the Paint Shop Sub-Precinct

The Redfern North Eveleigh Precinct is part of a declared State Significant Precinct (SSP) and the Minister for Planning is the consent authority for major development proposals. 

The current Concept Plan approved for the entire Precinct forms the planning controls over the site and takes precedence over any other Environmental Planning Instruments. The Concept Plan would deliver a limited mixed-use Precinct, including residential, commercial, retail and cultural uses.

Due to significant changes in the physical and social environment of surrounding areas, and the need to meet growth requirements, the renewal approach for the Precinct is being revised. The planning controls for the Paint Shop Sub-Precinct need to change for the Strategic Vision to be realised.

We have completed an SSP Study, which involves a range of technical studies such as heritage, transport and environment as outlined in the SSP Study requirements. These studies support the proposed changes to planning controls for the Paint Shop Sub-Precinct.

Key elements of the rezoning proposal: 

  • Retain more than 90% of existing high-value trees 

  • Achieve an overall greening coverage of 40% of the Paint Shop Sub-Precinct  

  • Deliver shaded seating and sunlit parks  

  • Achieve a minimum 5 Star Green Star Communities rating  

  • Achieve a minimum 5 Star Green Star Buildings rating 

  • Support more than 8,000 jobs during construction and the creation of more than 16,000 direct and indirect jobs post-construction

  • Create high-quality office space to support the jobs of the future 

  • Support Australia’s biggest technology and innovation hub between Central and Eveleigh, known as Tech Central 

  • Bring additional housing to the area with minimum 15% affordable housing and 15% diverse housing

  • Open up space currently inaccessible to the public 

  • Provide approximately 1.4 hectares of publicly accessible open space comprising:

    • a Public Square fronting Wilson Street

    • an Eastern Park located adjacent to the Chief Mechanical Engineering Office building and the new eastern entry from Platform 1 of the Redfern Station, and 

    • Traverser No1 - a public square edged by Carriageworks and the Paint Shop. 

Public exhibition of the rezoning proposal now closed

The Department of Planning and Environment (DPE) placed the technical reports and masterplan on public exhibition from 26 July until 25 August 2022.

The virtual engagement room is now closed. You can still view the Paint Shop Sub-Precinct rezoning masterplan documents that were placed on public exhibition by visiting the NSW Planning Portal.

Next steps in the planning process

All feedback received during the public exhibition is being considered, and we are preparing a response to the submissions received. The Department of Planning and Environment will assess the proposal and make a recommendation to the Minister for Planning, who will decide whether to approve the Paint Shop Sub-Precinct rezoning.

What is happening now at the Chief Mechanical Engineer’s building?

We’re proposing changes to the Chief Mechanical Engineer’s building to refurbish this unused heritage asset as a new commercial space.   

The proposed renovations will create more than 1,000 sqm of commercial space that meets current Australian standards and accessibility requirements. Registration of interest for prospective tenants closed in early July. 

A separate State Significant Development process for the Chief Mechanical Engineer’s building is underway and we will continue to keep stakeholders and the community updated. 

What is happening with the Clothing Store?

The Clothing Store Sub-Precinct is located adjacent to Carriageworks at the northern end of the Precinct and is approximately 3.2 hectares. The Sub-Precinct is zoned Mixed Use with a concept plan approved in 2008. The Clothing Store Sub-Precinct will have a residential character that is integrated with community uses to create a vibrant inner-city place designed for living.

The Sub-Precinct forms a separate stage of the project and will use existing planning controls to determine the level of development.

More information

Email projects@transport.nsw.gov.au to register your details and stay updated. 

Call 1800 684 490 if you would like to speak to the project team.