UrbanGrowth NSW says it has received significant interest from Australian and international groups wanting to lead redevelopment of the White Bay Power Station, a priority destination for Sydney’s Bays Precinct Urban Transformation Program.

A total of 13 proposals were received during UrbanGrowth’s request for proposals process, which closed last Thursday.

“The White Bay Power Station has been earmarked as the global hub for high tech jobs and innovation and the RFP process provided organisations with the opportunity to demonstrate their chief executive David Pitchford said.

“The proposals will now go through the process of evaluation and recommendations will be made to government in June 2016.”

He said submissions would be judged against criteria including strategic objectives, development outcomes and economic value.

“Sydney has an exciting future as the home of a diversified and internationally competitive knowledge sector and the White Bay Power Station has the potential to be its hub.”

Industry was asked to take into account the views of local communities, governments and experts, including feedback from past UrbanGrowth NSW activities like the Discussion Paper, Call for Great Ideas and Transformation Plan for The Bays Precinct, in framing their proposals. The RFP also detailed requirements for protecting and maintaining the Power Station’s significant heritage, and opening it up to the public.

The RFP and subsequent processes will inform the planning and approvals needed to create a knowledge-intensive jobs hub. A rezoning application and detailed development controls will be prepared by UrbanGrowth NSW through collaboration with government departments and agencies, local councils, local residents, local businesses and other stakeholders.

As mentioned in our recent contribution from Committee For Sydney’s Tim Williams, public transport is critical to realising the goal of creating UrbanGrowth’s high-tech innovation hub goals.

“If the Bays Precinct is indeed to be another Poblenou – or even better – you need to be able to get there via a 21st century public transport network. Even in the US, they don’t drive to innovation districts,” he said.