Sydney’s ATP opens Blacksmith Workshop for events

Australian Technology Park Sydney Limited launched a unique and versatile new heritage event space last week in conjunction with Business Events Sydney

Australian Technology Park Sydney Limited (ATPSL) launched a unique and versatile new heritage event space last week (3 October) in conjunction with Business Events Sydney.

The event allowed over 200 guests to experience a bygone era – where trains were run by steam and machinery made by hand – in the industrial setting of Australian Technology Park’s (ATP) Blacksmith Workshop. Guests were treated to a glamorous and vintage experience at the launch.

Sydney’s latest event space, Australian Technology Park’s Blacksmith Workshop.
All images courtesy of LINNETFOTO

“The expert work of Decorative Events and Exhibitions helped transform the Blacksmith Workshop into a contrasting space of 1920s glam against a gritty backdrop of Sydney’s industrial era,” said ATPSL’s director, sales & marketing, Ruby Chronis said With chandeliers hanging from the roof, beautiful lighting and deco furniture the area looked fantastic.

Lassiez-Faire Catering added to the experience with the launch of their new summer menu and the evening was capped off with a great performance from actor and musician, Axle Whitehead.”

The historic and unique venue offers an industrial glamour for events.

From 1886 until the 1980s, when the Park was still the Eveleigh Railway Yards and one of the Australia’s largest industrial complexes, the Blacksmith Workshop produced equipment and tools for the building of steam locomotives in other parts of the site.

Located in Bays 1 & 2 of the Park’s Locomotive Workshop building the space was restored and reopened by ATPSL. It has been kept predominately in its original state and is easily accessible to the public with areas reclaimed for events.

Chronis said the restoration of Bays 1 & 2 has opened up some incredible opportunities for events and other exciting activities.

“The restoration has opened up a variety of options for unique functions and events. The works have made the space more functional for filming, photo shoots and anything that requires the edgy and nostalgic feel the Blacksmith Workshop gives,” said  Chronis.

The restoration has seen the addition of a walk way through the Bays that allows patrons to pass through the area. A glass balustrade has also been added to increase the visibility into the space, and an extensive lighting system that spot lights specific tools and equipment has been put in place.

“The goal with the restoration and redesign was to get people into this magnificent area where they can see what the Workshop would have looked like during its operation,” said general manager of ATPSL, Chris Saunders. “We wanted the space to maintain its past integrity whilst being flexible in its use – providing an opportunity for new activities in a historical area,” he said.

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