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Chief Mechanical Engineers

22 March 2016

Heritage assets are a major consideration for the planning of the area. Through our consultation with the local community, the importance of heritage buildings was highlighted thanks to the persistence and dedication of a number of local community members. Many of these historic buildings will play a vital role in strengthening the arts, heritage and culture of the area. We plan to bring the area’s unique heritage to life, often in beautifully restored older buildings that will attract visitors to exciting, revitalised arts and culture hubs at the heart of the precincts.

The long term uses of the buildings have not been decided and will be considered in ongoing community consultation. The Chief Mechanical Engineers Office (CME) on Wilson Street, North Eveleigh, forms part of the heritage listed Eveleigh Railway Workshops. The building, due to its significance, has its own listing on the State Heritage Register.

A project manager, Otto Cserhalmi and Partners (OCP), was appointed as specialists in heritage restoration, to progress restoration and to document the work required to maintain the exterior of this significant building. More recently UrbanGrowth NSW has sought tenders from builders to undertake the works. Work is expected to commence mid 2016.

The original building was constructed in 1887 and accommodated various Chief Mechanical Engineers and their staff, who supervised the design and manufacture of locomotives, carriages and wagons. While the building has recently been vacant it has remained in the ownership of RailCorp, with some essential maintenance undertaken by the former Sydney Metropolitan Development Authority in 2013.

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