Nine has begun the move to the network’s new home at 1 Denison Street, North Sydney, which is now in its final building stages.
Nine has 9 floors including 3 new studios, new control centres, and modern broadcast newsroom which will have 9News reporters from TV, radio and digital all working alongside each other.
Level 1 will have the TV / radio newsroom, A Current Affair, 60 Minutes, Today Show and Nine News studio.
Level 2 has make up and wardrobe, greenrooms and an internal café called The Terrace plus an area which will see outside broadcasts. Level 3 will be broadcast operations and Wide World of Sports.
Some 70 history images and artefacts will be going up on the walls on different levels, to represent both the Nine and Fairfax histories.
This first phase of the move will see some 1400 employees relocate through to October, with another 300-400 or so people at Australia Square to move in Phase 2.
CEO Hugh Marks, along with programming execs Michael Healy, Hamish Turner and Adrian Swift have moved in as of today. Last week pilot groups from Technology, Marketing, Corporate Affairs and Publicity were the first to move in.
Throughout July and August moves will happen most weeks as employees from publishing division (including SMH, AFR, product and tech) move from its Pyrmont office.
Nine will formally quit its historic Willoughby site in October when broadcast staff (and the 2GB newsroom at Pyrmont) begin their moves.
Sales will move in 2021 from Australia Square and will take up 4 levels in the mid-rise of the building. Other confirmed tenants in the building are Microsoft and SAP.
Nine’s Willoughby site was sold in 2015 for $147.5 million before being sold again to developer Mirvac in February for $249 million. Domain reports the latest plan is for nine towers of 460 apartments in 6000 square metres of public open space, with a new park, playground and retail plaza. The developer is also applying to demolish the gigantic 233-metre-high steel TV tower.
The concept masterplan was pared back after a major protest campaign by neighbours, and eventually approved.
Stuart Penklis, head of residential at developer Mirvac, said, “It’s incredible to think of all the people who’ve been to this site over the years. There’s just so much history and it’s such a great location, I’d love to see some kind of tie-back to that history in some way.”