Frequently Asked Questions

What does the EOI campaign involve?

The Harbour Trust has invited Leasing Expressions of Interest (EOI) to become part of the city’s newest waterfront urban park at Sub Base Platypus, 118 High Street, North Sydney.

The cluster of remnant industrial workshops will be adapted to suit a diverse range of recreational, community, and commercial activities including events, exhibitions, visitor accommodation, education and training, restaurants and cafes, art spaces and business tenancies.

Expressions of Interest are now closed for leasing all facilities at Sub Base Platypus for uses consistent with the Management Plan.

Short-listed applicants will be invited to submit a more detailed Request for Proposal (RFP) or to enter into Direct Lease Negotiations, depending on the nature of the leasing opportunity.

Download the INFORMATION PACK for more details including the EOI timetable.

When do you expect to make a decision regarding tenants and the use of buildings?

The Call for Expressions of Interest (EOI) commenced on 31 August 2017, and submissions closed 4pm on 14 November 2017.

In January 2018, the Tenant Selection Committee will select a short-list of applicants.

Short-listed applicants will then be invited to submit an RFP or enter into direct negotiations in February 2018.

Who will make the decision on which organisations are offered a lease?

The Harbour Trust Tenant Selection Committee will review the applicants and make the decision on who will be offered a lease.  Decisions will be guided by the Platypus Management Plan.

How much money does the Trust expect to make from such leases?

All funds raised through leases will be reinvested in to the Harbour Trust’s sites.  By establishing commercial uses on its sites in ways that complement their heritage, the Harbour Trust derives revenue for reinvestment into its sites. This investment protects heritage assets, expands public access and rehabilitates derelict environments.

So, when will the site open to the public?

Parts of the site are expected to be open from mid-2018, allowing visitors to walk through the waterfront section of the site, and visit the parkland within.

The rest of the site is expected to be opened progressively, as tenancy spaces are completed.

What type of business are you trying to attract?

We are looking for cultural and commercial organisations that will be sensitive to the heritage of the site and its very special location.

We believe some of the buildings will be ideal for exhibitions, function centres, offices, health and well-being, educational and training facilities, cafes and restaurants.

How will the leases work?

Leases will be in-line with the Harbour Trust’s leasing policy and similar to the Harbour Trust’s other sites such as Cockatoo Island and Headland Park.

Has contamination work on the site been completed?

Yes. The Platypus Renewal Project follows a six-year, $46 million decontamination project on the site that was completed in 2016.

Have you consulted with the local community?

Yes. We have consulted extensively with the community from the very beginning, in line with our initial commitment.

Among other initiatives, we work closely with the Platypus Community Advisory Committee.

How has the community responded to the proposed plans?

The local community has been positive towards the plans for the site, as it means the site will be open to the public for the first time in 150 years.

How will the site’s heritage be preserved and interpreted?

An Interpretation Strategy is in progress that will outline a range of projects to share the site’s history with visitors. The Submariners’ Memorial is already in place and was launched recently. Original buildings will be retained and naming will be consistent with historical uses.

Why has the name changed? What does it mean?

The Harbour Trust has relaunched the site as Sub Base Platypus, paying homage to both its naval and industrial heritage as well as creating a new future for the site.

During its Navy use, the site was fondly referred to by the Submariners as Platypus. Through the name, the Harbour Trust wanted to recognise the vibrancy on site during this era. We want to create a space that is welcoming, so all visitors feel at home at the site.

Can you provide me with CAD drawings, elevations or sections?

Yes, we can.

Please contact Melanie Honnor, Leasing Projects Manager at [email protected] or call (02) 8969 2107.

Why has the EOI submission date been extended to 14 November 2017?

Due to overwhelming demand, and to provide all participants with the best opportunity to prepare, the Sub Base Platypus EOI submission window has been extended by two weeks.

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