New $25 million creative hub development on the way - MusicNSW

Following an agreement between the City of Sydney and property developer Greenland Australia, a $25 million state of the art creative hub facilities will be built in the heart of the city. This new hub will span 2,000 square metres over five storeys located in Sydney’s tallest residential tower at the former Sydney Water site on Bathurst St.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore says the landmark project will bring significant cultural, economic, and community benefits, featuring dance, theatre, music, film and visual arts. Not only will this new addition be a hot spot as an arts hub, but the $440 million, 67 storey investment will feature 490 residential apartments and ground floor retail space, in addition to a 173 room hotel built on a neighbouring site fronting Pitt Street.

“Our commitment to design excellence and sustainability has resulted in numerous landmark commercial developments in the city, and I’m sure this new development with Greenland will become an iconic part of Sydney’s skyline and reinforce our status as a global city and the Australian gateway for international business and tourism” The Lord Mayor said.

“Creating affordable workspace for artists, designers and other creative practitioners is a priority. We are committed to working with businesses, retailers and property developers to unlock and create space for artists and our growing creative industries.”

The City has signed a 99 year lease for the creative hub via a Voluntary Planning Agreement with Greenland Australia, featuring architect- designed rehearsal spaces, customised studios, offices and production rooms, and a live/work apartment made available for creative fellowship programming.

Not impressed yet? The facilities also include soundproofed rooms for music rehearsals, studios with sprung timber floors for dancers and actors, media and editing suites for filmmakers and new media artists, and wet/dry studios for visual artists.

Award-winning actor, producer and writer, Claudia Karvan states ” It’s essential to give local artists and creative teams spaces where they can progress their ideas- facilities like this new hub are the building blocks for Sydney’s future creative life.”

The new development is expected to open in late 2017.

For more information, contact City of Sydney Senior Media Adviser Keeley Irvin.

Phone 0448 005 718 or email

Written by Erica Whyman.