A heritage-listed site on the Georges River on the southern edge of the Liverpool CBD is being “regenerated” by Sydney developer Coronation Property.
Coronation Property believes The Paper Mill development in Shepherd Street will re-establish the site’s importance to the city of Liverpool. The site’s industrial history began in 1864, when The Australian Paper Company purchased 17 acres of the Collingwood estate in Liverpool. Regarded as being of considerable local and national interest, The Paper Mill has been identified by Liverpool City Council’s Heritage Inventory.
Enjoying frontage to the Georges River, the site became home to the Collingwood Paper Mill – which gained the distinction of being Australia’s first paper-manufacturing business when it commenced operations in 1868, producing a phenomenal 20 tonnes of paper per week.
The Collingwood Paper Mill quickly became established as a vital source of locally-made paper, with an 1872 article in The Illustrated Sydney News describing it as one of the most important manufacturing businesses in the young colony.
There’s significant growth expected in the area too: Liverpool City Council are predicting that one in three new residents of NSW will live in the great south west by 2036, with the population expected to increase by 77% in this time. The Paper Mill’s heritage mill building will undergo conservation measures – including the refurbishment of the iconic sawtooth roof of the site’s heritage-listed warehouse as it is repurposed to accommodate an open plan dining venue with bespoke “comfort food” offerings.
Joe Nahas, Managing Director of Coronation Property, says the open plan dining space will become Liverpool’s destination dining spot, “a modern-day bistro that reflects the values of slow living: cultivating community, simplifying our lives and reclaiming time for what matters most.”
“The retail precinct at The Paper Mill will be a vibrant community zone, comprising approximately 1,400 square metres of premium retail space in a contemporary open-plan setting with exposed ceilings and concrete flooring.”
Facing Shepherd Street, the mill building will also be surrounded by alfresco dining areas, and is expected to open by the end of 2017.
“The retail precinct will become a place where people can meet up with friends and family for a meal, or alternatively just grab a coffee and a snack,” added Nahas. “Ultimately, we’d like to emulate the buzzing retail and food culture that areas such as Balmain, Newtown or Surry Hills provide.”
The regeneration of The Paper Mill precinct is forming part of a wider program of redevelopment by Coronation Property.
This includes the construction of 882 apartments on the site, across four contemporary buildings – The Paper Mill, The Bindery, The Gild and The Foundry – with apartments positioned to take advantage of the development’s prime location on the Georges River, where leafy walkways and green spaces open onto a riverside boardwalk and a rejuvenated river setting.
Nahas says The Paper Mill will be a significant drawcard for residents of both Liverpool and wider Sydney. “The Paper Mill will connect the indoor and outdoor lifestyle that people love, and once it is fully occupied, the precinct will be home to around 3,000 people who will enjoy the amenity on offer, in addition to Liverpool locals and visitors from other parts of Sydney.”
The approval of nearby projects, including the $47 million Moorebank Marina and the huge 240-hectare Moorebank Intermodal Freight Terminal, is set to bring significant investment to the region.
“Liverpool already ticks a lot of boxes for infrastructure, and there’s more on the way, with the region set to benefit from $7 billion in infrastructure investment over the coming decade,” said Nahas. “This is why Liverpool is fast shaping up to be one of the most desirable locations for young buyers to live in Sydney.”