Central Park Sydney

The address of 28 Broadway, Chippendale (now Central Park Sydney) was the site of the Carlton United Brewery where my grandfather spent the last years of his brewing career. As a child, I remember my grandfather bringing dad a box of beer whenever he visited. As an adult (studying communications at the University of Technology Sydney), I remember wondering what it said about the university having a brewery as its nearest neighbour.

Today the sour smell of beer and old walls of the brewery are gone. The heritage buildings inside have been preserved and blended into a mixed used urban renewal development of residential, commercial and retail space (including approximately 900 student dwellings). The 5.8 hectare Carlton United Brewery site is now called Central Park Sydney

On 5 June 2014, I visited One Central Park, an apartment complex with a shopping centre called Central on the lower levels. It is located directly opposite the University of Technology Sydney tower. There were three events on that night. On the ground floor, The 7mm Pitch – Central’s Digital Wall Curatorial Programme, was being launched. University of Sydney students had developed a series of short films for World Environment Day. These films were being displayed on a supersized digital wall and students were served drinks, sushi and hamburgers while watching them.

On level three, there is approximately 1,000sqms of space available to be used as a gallery, workspace for visual artists, creative retail, events and rehearsals for performing artists. That evening, one of the spaces was being used to display the photography exhibition of two artists: Keiko Goto’s Four Seasons in Sakhalim and Manfred Krautschneider’s Suburban Reflections: Past, Present and Future.

In another space, Creatives Uncovered where working in collaboration with the launch of Skrilled MagazineCreatives Uncovered supports start up businesses by helping with marketing and the raising of brand awareness. Guests drank FNQ Lager and sangria, listened to music by Krystie Erickson, viewed artwork by Raquel Schwaerzler, admired photography by Claudine Khoury, touched sculptures and art by Bridget Leslie and watched a live model installation.

With the increased gentrification of the area and the inclusion of cultural spaces in the development, the future of the southern fringe of the CBD certainly looks bright. — at Central Park Sydney

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