Engineering, Passenger Rail

Sydney Metro stations to become commercially integrated ‘landmarks’

Sydney’s planned City Metro stations have been chosen by the NSW government to become new “landmarks” for the city, replicating mass-transit-oriented developments in other major cities around the world, with planning already underway for Victoria Cross and Pitt Street stations.

Hudson Yards in New York and Paddington Station on London’s Crossrail are reportedly among the models upon which the government is basing its plans. Andrew Constance, NSW’s transport and infrastructure minister, said that the move would revitalise Sydney, providing new retail, community, residential and commercial opportunities alongside an improved transport system.

“These great new destinations will be integrated with their surrounding environments, moulded on what is happening on other world-class mass transit systems,” Constance said.

“Sydney Metro will make it faster and easier to get around the city – but it also delivers an opportunity to create world-class destinations that will shape the city’s future.”

Concept designs have been released for the planned Victoria Cross and Pitt Street stations, featuring integrated buildings for potential commercial, residential, community and retail opportunities.

The Pitt Street plans include a 47-storey mixed-use building and a 65-storey residential building, while North Sydney’s Victoria Cross Station plans feature a 40-storey building with commercial offices and ground-level retail shops.

Planning for a similar integrated station design at the new Crows Nest Station will also be getting underway next year, while the new metro station at Martin Place will also be integrated into the area around it and the NSW Government is currently assessing an unsolicited proposal.

Sydney Metro Program Director Rodd Staples called the project a “defining city-building opportunity” for the city.

“This is a chance to build more than just railway stations – through excellence in design and delivery, we will create fully-integrated places which are intuitive and safe, as well as architecturally unique,” Staples said.

“This is an opportunity to build on the revitalisation which Sydney Metro brings, creating truly landmark places and developments that showcases world’s best practise for transit orientated developments.”

The first Sydney Metro services will begin on the Metro Northwest line in the first half of 2019. This will then be extended in 2024 with the opening of the line extending under Sydney Harbour to the CBD and then on to Bankstown.

1 Comment

  1. Rod Staples is a dill, it is just a developers chance to put the most floor space in for the least buck. We all know concept designs rarely look like the finished product with economic, engineering and many unforeseen excuses.
    This looks like a rehash of Govt. PR and nil journalism in this story, spinning a lessor metro system into something pollies think the people want.