Calder Consultants client Atlassian has commented in national newspaper The Australian that the awarding of the Australian Technology Park tender to the Mirvac / Commonwealth Bank consortium by the NSW government is a “tragic missed opportunity for Australia”.

Scott Farquhar, co-founder of Atlassian, told The Australian “this was an opportunity to really create an ecosystem, an epicenter of technology in Australia… but I’m not sure how you create a technology hub with an anchor tenant that’s 105 years old growing at 5 per cent a year.”

Atlassian’s goal in securing the ATP site in Redfern with bid partner Lang Walker was to create a technology hub in Australia that would attract the best and brightest talent from around the world and provide much needed support for the growing and vibrant Australian technology industry.  The consortium had proposed that a national hub for emerging technologies and innovation would be the primary focus for the redevelopment of the ATP site.

Under the successful Mirvac-led proposal, the centerpiece of the redevelopment will be a $1 billion, 93,000sqm headquarters for Commonwealth Bank, accommodating 10,000 employees relocating from three sites across Sydney.

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