Exterior photograph of The Bushell's Building, The Rocks, Sydney.

The Bushell's Building, exterior. Photo courtesy Havas Australia

The Bushells Building

Sunday 3 November

121-127 Harrington Street

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Ross and Rowe

Additional architects

A C Lewis Constructions (Concrete Constructions)

Tanner Architects (1999 Renewal Project)

TKD Architects (2018 Base Building Upgrade)

Hammond Studio (Interior Architects)

The Bushells Building was built in 1924 as a seven-storey factory for Bushells Tea and designed by the prominent Sydney architecture firm Ross and Rowe. The factory housed innovative new tea-blending, packing and dispatch methods under one roof. It has local historical associations as its location in The Rocks provides evidence of the working history of the area.

The offices of HAVAS will be open to the public, and offer two perspectives. One is a journey through time to learn about the history of Bushells interpreted through the original equipment used by the factory. Alongside this is the intelligent re-use of the building as a commercial home to a modern innovative communications company. Visitors will be able to access three levels of the building to view the original timber structure, tea extractors, packing slides and lift shafts. The top floor still retains evidence of where the official tea tasting was done!

  • The Bushell's factory in operation in the 1920s
  • Meeting room in the Bushell's Building
  • Graffiti in the bushell's building.

On Sunday 3 November

What’s open?

Entrance lobby. Internal level featuring the original packing slide and original timber structure. Top floor (level 6) featuring the exposed pitch roof and heritage lift shaft and features.

Talks, tours & more

Priority access for SLM Members

Members get priority access to this building
Show your special Member wristband to gain priority access during Sydney Open.

to know

  • Photography restricted
    Photography permitted of the building but not the work space

  • Lines expected

  • Toilets available

  • Food & drink available

  • Accessible

Opening hours

9am - 4pm

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121-127 Harrington Street