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A bright future for Sydney’s industrial buildings

Sydney’s industrial era is being preserved with a number of warehouses and factories aiming to receive new heritage listing status, preserving a piece of Sydney history.



BY Andrew McDonald

February 16th, 2016


Sydney industrial past has played host to a number of key brands, retailers and manufacturers in the country, including IXL, Henderson Hats and Westinghouse, and it’s this history that is earning a number of buildings landmark heritage status. Also included is the rare, igloo-shaped World War II aircraft hangar, where sections of the Beaufort bomber were built.

“Sydney had one of the largest collections of industrial buildings in Australia, and those buildings tell the story of the city’s growth and the nation’s rapid industrialisation,” says Lord Mayor of Sydney Clover Moore, “With few undeveloped areas of the city remaining, these buildings are being converted into sought-after residential or commercial properties. The proposed listings will ensure the heritage value of these buildings remains, while retaining the current zonings for height limits and floor-space ratios.

“If you look at The Grounds of Alexandria, the look and feel of the former industrial site creates a unique setting for the eatery and an authentic experience for customers, adding to the attraction for their hundreds of visitors each week.”

The final list of 57 buildings proposed for listing includes the Harry Seidler Q Store warehouse in Alexandria, which has adapted into offices since 2009, the former Wrigley’s chewing gum factory at Crewe Place in Rosebery and more.

City of Sydney
cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au


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