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Tech Central

This globally connected precinct will attract the brightest and the best talent to Sydney and establish an ambitious benchmark for generations to come.

Tech Central is a place where ambitious start-ups, world class universities and research institutions, established tech companies and the community will collaborate to solve problems, socialise and spark ideas that change our world and support the jobs of the future (NSW Government vision).

The precinct from Central to Eveleigh was identified by the NSW Government and selected in consultation with stakeholders for its close proximity to Sydney’s CBD, extensive transport links, emerging innovation ecosystem with two world-class universities (the University of Sydney and UTS), CSIRO’s Data 61, the Australian Technology Park, the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and many important medical research institutions.

The Western Gateway sub-precinct (within the Tech Central Precinct) will be the focal point of the innovation and technology hub and the location of Atlassian’s Global Headquarters.

In October 2019, Transport for NSW submitted a planning proposal for the Western Gateway Sub-precinct. The Planning Proposal was placed on public exhibition between 16th October 2019 to 27th November 2019.

Atlassian is working closely with Transport for NSW and other stakeholders in reviewing the submissions received from the public exhibition, and it is anticipated that the Planning Proposal will be finalised in late 2020.

Ecosystem of innovation

Sydney is on the cusp of becoming one of the world’s great innovation cities – and this precinct will turbocharge Australia’s innovative future.

Home to Atlassian's Global Headquarters, in the heart of Sydney, co-located with major education, health, creative and start-up businesses.

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accommodation with 480 beds, offering more than a place to stay – a like-minded community, a connected place, and a hub for experiencing
Sydney and its premier technology precinct.

Home to emerging tech start-ups, a drawcard of creative talent providing education, collaboration and commercialisation opportunities. 

Highest level of sustainability and environmental excellence with a commitment to substantially reduce embodied carbon in construction and to reduce the building’s energy consumption compared to a conventionally constructed similar building. The building will also be powered by 100% renewable energy from day one.

Approximately 40 levels of commercial, retail and accommodation, creating a collaborative community of innovation.

Retail, food and beverage on the lower lobby levels, generating a vibrant public place for the community.

Adjacent to Australia’s largest transport hub – rail, metro, light rail and bus

No impact on the Central Clock Tower protected view corridor or on solar access to the much-loved Belmore Park and Prince Alfred Park.

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Game-changing design

A design competition ensures ‘design excellence’, a term used to describe high quality architectural, urban and landscape design.

The competition attracted internationally-recognised architects (including Australian firms), who develop the world’s most iconic buildings. NYC-based SHoP Architects, in partnership with Australian firm BVN, were selected by the Jury as the winning architects.

 

The principles which are guiding the design development include prioritising people, creating a vibrant precinct, intuitive movement, game-changer sustainability, designing with Country and integrating and celebrating heritage.
 

The project will proudly embody the values of Atlassian, and create a new benchmark for sustainability, workplace design and ultimately deliver the best space to engender collaboration, innovation and excellence.

This building is going beyond star rating systems and will be a game-changer for low-carbon construction, high comfort, and low energy consumption.

This proposal intends to go far beyond conventional star rating systems and will set a new industry benchmark for a low-carbon, high comfort, and low energy consumption building.

In line with Atlassian’s commitment to sustainability, the entire Atlassian office will be powered by 100% renewable energy from day one of operation.

Atlassian is a part of the RE100 program, which commits companies around the world to accelerate change towards zero carbon and renewable energy.

The proposal aims to pursue Atlassian’s sustainability aspirations through its approach to design and innovative climate concepts, construction and building operations.  Broadly, the proposal targets the following:

 

  • 50% less embodied carbon in construction compared to a conventionally constructed similar building

  • 50% less energy consumption compared to a conventional building

  • 100% renewable energy from day one.

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Aerial view of proposed Atlassian Central
Aerial view of proposed Atlassian Central

SHoP Architects and BVN Architect winning concept design. Aerial view of the proposed tower with Central Station in the foreground.

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Artist impression of work space inside Atlassian Central
Artist impression of work space inside Atlassian Central

SHoP Architects and BVN Architect winning concept design.

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Artist impression of night time view of Atlassian Central
Artist impression of night time view of Atlassian Central

SHoP Architects and BVN Architect winning concept design.

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Aerial view of proposed Atlassian Central
Aerial view of proposed Atlassian Central

SHoP Architects and BVN Architect winning concept design. Aerial view of the proposed tower with Central Station in the foreground.

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The concept designs are by NYC-based SHoP Architects, in partnership with Australian firm BVN. The design is being progressed and final design will be released at a later date.

Connecting the past and the future

The design will adaptively re-use the Parcels Shed state heritage-listed item.


The Parcels Shed coordinated delivery and dispatch of parcels from Central Station from 1912 to the early 1980s, when overnight mail trains were run to many parts of NSW delivering all kinds of items to country customers.

 

The delivery of a global technology and innovation precinct aims to reflect upon our past and create our future.  The integration of the Parcels Shed into the public spaces and woven through the design of the building will create protect and preserve Sydney’s past and form the backdrop for Sydney’s future.

“Old ideas can sometimes use new buildings. New ideas must use old buildings.”

 

Jane Jacobs,
globally-renowned urbanist

Design competition

winning designs

Managing construction impacts on neighbours

Atlassian will be coordinating with Transport for NSW, which is managing the renewal of the Central Station Precinct, and its neighbours in the renewal of the Western Precinct.

 

This will involve coordinating construction activities where possible to minimise the impact on surrounding businesses and keeping neighbours informed of works.

Next steps

Here's what Atlassian are working towards

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Atlassian’s mission is to unleash the potential in every team.

Atlassian's products help teams organise, discuss, and complete their work. They have helped NASA teams design the Mars Rover, Cochlear teams develop hearing implants and hundreds of thousands of other teams do amazing things.

Founders Mike Cannon-Brookes and Scott Farquhar met at the University of New South Wales and launched Atlassian in 2002. It’s now a global company with more than 4,600 people and 170,000 customers.