State Government Cans Google’s Plans for Redfern HQ


The New South Wales government has rejected Google’s proposal to transform a Redfern site into a Silicon Valley-style technology hub.

The decision marks the second time in 12 months Google’s search for a new Sydney headquarters has come to a dead-end.

The state government’s decision, made on Tuesday, said the proposal did not meet the “uniqueness test”.

Developer Mirvac submitted the proposal late last year. The plan was to redevelop the site next to Carriageworks Eveleigh into a tech hub with Google as the major tenant.

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Mirvac submitted the plans through the government’s unsolicited proposal process.

The state government has instead decided to move forward with a competitive tender process set to begin in the coming months.

The decision means Mirvac and Google will need to enter the competitive process against other prospective bidders to ensure their plan of a Redfern tech headquarters comes to fruition.

The land around Carriageworks is largely owned by the state government. Transport for NSW owns 12 hectares of land in the area which includes the Carriageworks site and part of the rail corridor.

Mirvac’s plan had proposed to transform the site into a multi-use development precinct, offering commercial, arts, and culture, retail and residential space along with estimates the tech hub would create up to 19,000 jobs in the area.

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