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TfNSW is proposing to adaptively re-use the Workshop for a mix of commercial offices, retail space and other community activities. It will be the final building in the South Eveleigh precinct to support the vision for Tech Central.

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State-shaping precinct

South Eveleigh Train Workshop overview

The South Eveleigh Train Workshop (heritage registered as the Large Erecting Shop) is located in the South Eveleigh precinct, on the site of the former Australian Technology Park between the Seven West Media building and the main railway line/train storage yard. The Workshop is also part of the broader Tech Central Innovation District planned to be Australia’s biggest technology and innovation hub.

The South Eveleigh precinct is 13.2 hectares and parts of the area have been progressively redeveloped and reused for retail and commercial office space over recent years. 

The Workshop is part of the Eveleigh Railway Workshops Complex included on the State Heritage Register. The Workshop was completed in 1899, and was an integral part of the NSW Railway’s Eveleigh Locomotive Workshops. The Workshop was the largest, single purpose structure in the Eveleigh workshops complex and is unique in Australia as a surviving locomotive assembly shop of this scale.

The building has most recently been used to store heritage railway equipment. Transport for NSW (TfNSW) have announced plans to relocate this equipment to facilities at Chullora.


What is happening now?  

Through the state-led rezoning process, TfNSW is seeking to adaptively re-use the Workshop for a mix of commercial offices, retail space and other community activities. 

Their proposal may include: 

  • alterations to the existing the Workshop to convert the ground floor into commercial and retail uses
  • creation of two new internal storeys and services augmentation within the existing structure
  • external upgrade and heritage conservation works on the Workshop.

The proposal seeks to integrate the Workshop into the broader South Eveleigh precinct.  It is the final building in the precinct to support the vision for Tech Central to become Sydney’s new innovation and technology hub.


Study requirements

The Department has prepared study requirements for the proposal in consultation with State agencies and the City of Sydney council.  

The study requirements will guide TfNSW investigations into proposed new planning controls for the Workshop and help them prepare a draft planning proposal for consideration.

View the study requirements


What happens next

The Department will continue to work closely with TfNSW to prepare new planning controls for the Workshop.

Following receipt of detailed planning proposal documentation that is consistent with the study requirements, the Department will place the draft proposal on public exhibition.


South Eveleigh Train Workshop timeline

Precinct status name Study requirements
Completed phase
Tmeline dates May 2022
Precinct status name Proposal preparation
Completed phase
Tmeline dates Mid 2022
Precinct status name Proposal exhibition
Completed phase
Tmeline dates Q3 2022
Precinct status name Proposal finalised
Completed phase
Tmeline dates Q4 2022 onwards

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