Project Description

Heritage Advice
Client: Sydney Sports Corporation
Completion 2010 – present

This State Significant site produced tarpaulins for the NSW Government Railways from 1925 to 1991. The unusual factory was constructed from columns, beam, and trusses of transhipment and hay sheds at the former Sydney Yards. Containerised shopping (late 1960’s) revolutionized freight transport and brought about the disuse of tarpaulins.


On 2010 City Plan Heritage in collaboration with City Plan Urban Design and City Plan Strategy & Development were appointed by Sydney Ports Corporation to provide the heritage consultancy for the project to prepare an options report for the Tarpaulin Factory – Intermodal Logistics Centre, Enfield. The project involved review of information documents and site analysis to determine site constraints and opportunities analysis, to inform design principles and strategy. Due consideration was given to the future of the Tarpaulin Factory by comparing several commercially sustainable options including community or ecological use; on-site adaptive reuse; light industrial/ commercial use and relocation.

It was essential to assess significance and site history, along with obtaining the opinion, views and recommendations of the Heritage Branch. The client required a best value for money development option for the Tarpaulin Factory, cognisant of its heritage value.

Our Involvement

City Plan Heritage provided viable examples of adaptive re-use for the client, advice on constraints and opportunities provided by the site from a heritage perspective and assisted to lay the preliminary groundwork for a sympathetic, yet environmentally viable re-use of this heritage site.