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HERITAGE AND HISTORY

 Heritage at the Park

ATP Heritage Community Days
Join us for a fun, family day out at the ATP Heritage Community Days being held on Friday, 16 and Saturday, 17 May 2014 as part of the National Trust's Heritage Festival. Find out more.

Interviews with past Eveleigh Railway Yard Workers
View videos of past Eveleigh workers talking about their experience.

Section 170 - Heritage and Conservation Register
View a summary of Section 170 

Conservation Management Plan (CMP)
View the CMP and find out more about what's happening with the plan 

Interpretation Plan
View the Redfern-Waterloo Heritage Taskforce and Interpretation Plan.

Heritage Policies
Heritage Asset Management Strategy
Heritage Projects Management Policy
Heritage Public Statement

 

Heritage Volunteer Opportunities

ATP is looking for enthusiastic individuals to preserve and promote the unique heritage of ATP. Find out more here.

Heritage timeline

With the Eveleigh Railway Yard as its centrepiece, the Park was once the location of Australia’s largest industrial complex. To this day, the park still retains and celebrates much of its rich cultural heritage. 

1996 ATP officially opens in November

1997 A site near the Garden Street entrance is earmarked for new facilities to house the Sydney Ambulance Centre (SAC) and the RTA Transport Management Centre.

1998 The Park’s Conference and Exhibition Centre opens.

1997 Construction begins on the Biotechnology Building (later to be known as the Biomedical Building) which will be the new facilities for Johnson & Johnson Research.

2000 A major management re-structure in August sees ATP now governed by the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority (SHFA); ATP Innovations Pty Limited (ATPi) is formed; extensive site remediation and landscaping creates substantial new public open space throughout the Park.

2001 Significant restoration and remediation works of The Blacksmith’s Workshop in Bays 1 and 2 is completed; two new CRCs are also established – Smart Internet Technology (SIT) and Securities Industry Research Centre of Asia Pacific (SIRCA), while cleaning technology is applied to heritage machinery in preparation for permanent display.

2002 A 4.5m refurbishment of Bay 15 creates an additional 2500sqm of contemporary office space.

2003  Bay 15 is leased by National Information & Communications Technology Australia (NICTA) in February, while plans are drafted for a new 12,000sqm building on Site D (which will eventually be NICTA’s new headquarters).
 
2004 7.6m improvement works are carried out on the Locomotive Workshops.
 
2005  Ownership of ATP is transferred to the NSW Government’s newly-formed Redfern-Waterloo Authority (RWA); construction of the new multi-million dollar research facility for National ICT Australia is given the go ahead in September.
 
2006  Construction commences on the new 12,000sqm NICTA research facility, while a landmark agreement sees a private sector investment for the creation of a 41,800sqm media centre to house Channel 7, Pacific Magazines and Global Television. The contract is also  awarded for the construction of a new main entrance to the Park, internal roads, additional parking and associated infrastructure.
 
2007  Construction on the new NICTA research facility continues. 

2008  The new NICTA building is completed and the Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO), the Australian Government’s leading agency charged with applying science and technology to protect and defend Australia, move in to their offices. NICTA also relocate from their former offices in to the new NICTA building.
 

The construction of a new internal roads, including the creation of a new Park entrance, opens to the public.
 

Work commences on the construction of the new media complex, the future home of Channel 7, Pacific Magazines and Global Television.

2009  Work continues on the construction of the new media complex.
 
2010  The 8 Central Avenue building is completed. Channel 7, Pacific Magazines and Global Television move into their new offices in the building.
 
  A new car parking system is installed after road works have been carried out around the Park including the 350 vehicle car park opening at 8 Central Ave.
 

Innovation Plaza upgrade is completed in September 2010 with the permanent display of the heritage pivot and steam crane. New seating and lighting is installed.

2011  The refurbishment of the Bay 4 Dining Room incorporating sustainability initiatives, recarpeting and state-of-the-art lighting is completed.
 

Sprinkler upgrade to the Exhibition Hall is carried out. Solar panels are installed on top of the NICTA Building with completion scheduled for September 2011.
 

Bay 9 male and female amenities are upgraded incorporating sustainable initiatives.
 

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