Sydney heritage-listed site to reopen as food precinct
Led by Mirvac, the newly restored site will offer a number of food retailers in its European-inspired Food Hall.
“The aim with Tramsheds was to create a unique destination, staying true to the building’s iconic heritage and housing high quality retailers who are passionate about food, education and sustainability,” said Susan MacDonald, head of retail, Mirvac.
“The food precinct, open seven days a week, will house some of the leading food provedores in Sydney, offering everything from fresh produce and artisan products to a range of dining experiences under one roof,” MacDonald said.
Tramsheds will be supported by supermarket retailer, Supamart, owned by family business, Karellas Group. The 2440sqm supermarket will tailor its retail offering with fresh produce, a delicatessen and seafood counter, onsite butchery, bakery and a dedicated health and wellbeing section alongside value-priced supermarket staples.
“Supamart is a completely new concept. As a family business, we are able to cater for each area we operate in and we’ll be conducting regular sampling to introduce people to incredible homegrown produce from our local suppliers,” said Vasilli Karellas, managing director, Karellas Group.
“We’re also fiercely independent and that brings a variety of benefits to the shopper, not least of which that we’re able to source a wider range of local, market and farm-fresh products – it will be at the core of what we offer at Tramsheds,” Karellas said.
With construction entering its final stages, Tramsheds Harold Park will feature updated versions of its original features, most notably the saw tooth roof which was first constructed in 1904.
“Despite the building lying desolate since the 1950s, the original structure, foundation and walls are a real feat of engineering considering the materials they would have used at the time,” said Mark Zanetic, Mirvac’s development manager.
“Restoring a heritage building of this nature was not without its challenges, more so because we strived to keep as many distinct features as possible including old staircases and the brick façade. To bring such an iconic Sydney building back to life has been a very rewarding experience,” Zanetic said.
Tramsheds Harold Park has undertaken a number of steps to deliver an environmentally friendly building, such as implementing a waste recycling program, energy saving schemes and an inbuilt natural ventilation system. Located four kilometres from the CBD, Tramsheds will offer several commuting options with Jubilee Station Light Rail on its doorstep and a number of cycle paths currently under renovation with plans for over 80 bike racks to be installed across the site.
Other retail names that have been announced include deli, butchery and restaurant, Butcher & The Farmer, run by the Seagrass Group and head chef Jarred Ingersoll; sustainable seafood restaurant, Fish & Co; Brazilian tapas restaurant, Bodega 1904; Flour Eggs Water by chef Eugenio Maile; and Gelato Messina. About 12 foodie retailers are due to be announced over the coming months, alongside a host of amenities including a medical centre, gym, hairdresser and nail bar.
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