Expressions of Interest sought for Newcastle’s newest destination precinct

1 November 2017

The Revitalising Newcastle program is excited to announce the next step for the city’s newest and most iconic destination and events precinct – Newcastle Station.

Hunter Development Corporation (HDC) is seeking an experienced and imaginative operator through Expressions of Interest (EOI) to lease and manage the station for at least 18 months from April 2018.

HDC Chief Executive Michael Cassel said after 100 years as a heavy rail terminus, Newcastle Station was about to enter a new era.

“The station is part of the fabric of Newcastle, and the community has told us that it has a vision of it becoming a hallmark destination, a community meeting place and somewhere you must visit when you come to Newcastle.

“We committed to the community that our next steps would involve finding a temporary use for the station, and so we are now seeking a visionary operator who can transform this iconic space.”

The area consists of up to six separate tenancy areas with approximately 960m2 of internal space. There is also 3,000m2 of outdoor piazza space.

“There is such an opportunity at Newcastle Station to do something special. What we are offering is a unique opening for an experienced operator to bring the station to life through a mix of events, and retail and commercial opportunities,” said Mr Cassel.

“Bringing people into the city centre is one of our key objectives, as is creating great places and celebrating unique heritage and culture.

“Providing a temporary new use for the station and surrounding precinct will help ensure we continue to deliver our objectives.”

Before bringing a new operator on board next year, the Revitalising Newcastle program is busy completing upgrades and maintenance works.

“At the moment we are filling in between the platforms and creating a large piazza to allow for community events and activities,” said Mr Cassel.

“Towards the end of the year we will open up the building to make the station more accessible from Scott Street - as it was in the past.”

Potential uses for the space could include restaurants, cafes, retail and an arts space, while activation ideas could include entertainment in the piazza, outdoor cinema and more.

For details or to lodge an Expression of Interest, people should visit www.revitalisingnewcastle.nsw.gov.au/eoi

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