An historic Taylor Square building could soon house a new bike hub to serve Sydney’s booming bike culture, and a museum celebrating the area’s heritage.
Expressions of interest are being sought from a broad range of tenants to revive the former T2 nightclub building – which is due for a much-needed makeover – with a new café, bike-related businesses, community workshops and a museum.
“Bike hubs exist around the world and we want to create a place for people riding to and from work with places to park their bike and grab a coffee. It will also help tourists and families wanting to hire a bike or people looking for cycle safety lessons,” Lord Mayor Clover Moore said.
“Taylor Square south is busy with tourists, workers, local residents and shoppers with more than 1,200 people riding past on an average weekday.”
Located at 1-5 Flinders Street, the three-level building was first home to the Commonwealth Bank in 1915.
Hassell Architects will design the refurbishment of the heritage building, to include potential new openings onto Taylor Square and Patterson Lane. The rooftop might also be used – making the most of stunning City views.
The building sits on a major intersection for bike riders connecting Woolloomooloo, Waterloo, Paddington and the inner city.
“Our latest independent counts show an 89 per cent jump in the number of bike trips made over the past two-and-a-half years,” the Lord Mayor said.
“We’re building the infrastructure and support for the growing number of bike riders who are helping reduce the number of cars on our busy roads and easing pressure on public transport.”
The EOI will close at 5pm on Friday 10 May. Community consultation on the refurbishment of the design will be arranged once concept designs are created by the architects.
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