AU$463m contract awarded for Sydney station development
Foster + Partners
Work progresses on Australia’s largest transport project
Sydney’s Pitt Street station is set to become the city’s newest landmark, with the announcement of an AU$463m contract to build the new metro railway station and the buildings above it. The NSW Government awarded the contract for the vibrant commercial and residential hub to a consortium of Oxford Properties, CPB Contractors and Grocon. Designed by Foster + Partners, the new station is part of the Sydney Metro scheme, Australia’s biggest public transport project delivering 31 metro stations and more than 66 kilometres of new track.
In 2017, Foster + Partners won a competition to create a chain of stations along the metro, running beneath the city's harbour and extending the line northwest, past the Opera House to the central business district. In addition to Pitt Street, the stations included in the contest were Crows Nest, Victoria Cross, Martin Place, Waterloo and Barangaroo. Work is already underway at Pitt Street, with waterproofing and permanent lining of the tunnels continuing in the underground station caverns. In order to deliver the project, Foster + Partners teamed up with Arcadis, Mott McDonald, WT Partnership and McKenzie Group Consulting, together with engineers Robert Bird Group and architects Architectus.
Two 39-storey towers form part of the overall station development, with a commercial office building above the northern entrance accommodating upwards of 3,000 daily occupiers, while a residential building above the southern entrance will offer approximately 230 premium apartments. Sydney Metro program director, Rodd Staples, stated: “Sydney Metro is more than just a world-scale public transport project, it’s a defining city-building opportunity. 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.”