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Dexus and Frasers Property Australia progress $2.5 billion Central Place Sydney

Dexus and Frasers Property Australia (the partnership) progress their proposal to revitalise Central and deliver a world class tech precinct for Sydney. The partnership’s proposal is for a circa $2.5 billion investment that will transform the western edge of Central Station. The project will be Sydney’s most significant CBD development in more than a decade, providing employment space critical to the state’s economic recovery.

Central Place Sydney would transform Central into a lively retail and dining precinct. This includes the establishment of a vibrant evening economy with local dining options for workers, students, residents and visitors.

The partnership have achieved approval for their Central Place Sydney proposal to move to Stage 3 under the NSW Government’s Unsolicited Proposal (USP) process.

Dexus CEO, Darren Steinberg said: “This project will firmly establish Central as one of the most distinctive and lively places to work or visit in Australia and is set to rejuvenate Central as one of the key gateways to the Sydney CBD.”

The development will transform Central Place into a vibrant economy with local dining options for workers, students, residents and visitors

“Central Place Sydney will reshape the daily experience for more than 20 million people who use Central each year with a new public realm, making it a seamless, enjoyable, and vibrant experience every day,” said Frasers Property Australia CEO, Rod Fehring.

Dexus and Frasers Property have access to unique property ownership on the western side of Central that places the partnership in a unique position to deliver the proposal. The properties are held under long term leases, with 14 Lee Street held by Dexus and its Office Partner, and 20 Lee Street and 26 Lee Street held by Frasers Property Australia.

The proposal includes:

  • up to 150,000 m2 of workspace across two towers and a podium building, underpinning the delivery of the Sydney Innovation and Technology Precinct
  • an Integrated Distribution Facility that unlocks future over-station development, facilitating the renewal of Central station
  • comprehensive public realm improvements that will redefine the experience of more than 20 million pedestrians every year

Central Place Sydney will inject a boost to the NSW economy and underpin global competitiveness of Sydney into the future.

The project will contribute:

  • More than $3 billion value add to the NSW economy each year
  • Accommodate more than 10,000 jobs
  • Creation of more than 700 construction jobs
  • Critical servicing infrastructure to unlock future over station development
  • Revitalisation of one of the busiest public realms in the CBD
A design competition will determine the final design of the Central Place project with final designs to be revealed by the end of the year

The Central Place Sydney proposal is being considered under the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet’s USP process where an approach from the private sector seek an exclusive commercial arrangement with government to deliver a service or infrastructure to meet a community need.

There are three stages of the USP framework – initial submission (stage 1), detailed proposal (stage 2), and Final Binding Offer (stage 3).

The Central Place Sydney proposal has completed stage 2 and has moved to stage 3. Project approval will only be granted following government review and approval of the Final Binding Offer.

Central Place Sydney is committed to best practice sustainability in the built environment and designed to be economically, socially and environmentally resilient, consistent with the broader Central precinct vision for sustainability. The buildings will be powered by 100% renewable energy and designed to target net zero emissions in operation.

A design competition will determine the final design of the project with final designs to be revealed by the end of the year. Community, government and stakeholder feedback was sought during the planning process and that input will contribute to the evolution of the design. The partnership welcomes ongoing input throughout the planning process.

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