Building 1
Torpedo Factory

The Royal Australian Navy Torpedo Maintenance Establishment (RANTME) Factory was constructed in the middle of World War II and is the largest building on site, with 6,630m2 over five floors.

Formerly housing Officers’ Mess and Club for naval staff on the lower floor, with a large factory for torpedo manufacture and maintenance on the top floors, this building spans a stepped sandstone platform overlooking Neutral Bay.

At the height of wartime production, this factory employed 200 civilian workers, of which 25% were women. The War Cabinet allocated £1 million to produce 18-inch torpedoes at the rate of 10 per week. The original order called for 500 torpedoes for the Admiralty and 280 for the RAAF. Torpedo manufacturing and repair continued here up until the 1990s.

The Platypus Management Plan proposes that the sides of the Torpedo Factory be set back and opened up to reduce the building’s visual bulk and provide a publicly accessible covered walkway along three sides.

The Plan also identifies the possibility of creating limited visitor car parking within the Ground Level to benefit the site as a whole. Any submissions for the Torpedo Factory will need to consider these design requirements.

The Torpedo Factory is a Type B leasing opportunity.

Type B leasing opportunities are presented to the market in an unrefurbished format, giving the tenant an opportunity to repair and upgrade the building to suit their requirements, subject to the provisions of the Platypus Management Plan, Harbour Trust Planning Approval, and compliance under the National Construction Code (formerly BCA).

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