Foster and Partners, Architectus to design Sydney Metro stations

Foster and Partners, Architectus to design Sydney Metro stations

14 April, 2017

The NSW government has awarded Australia’s largest public infrastructure project, the $8.3 billion Sydney Metro, to UK-Australian joint venture partners Metron.

Metron unites leading UK architects Foster and Partners with local design groups Architectus and Arcadis, as well as construction heavyweights Mott McDonald, Robert Bird Group, WT Partnership and McKenzie Group Consulting.

Foster and Partners and Architectus will design six of the seven stations, which include Crows Nest, Victoria Cross, Barangaroo, Martin Place, Pitt Street and Waterloo. Martin Place is set to become a major transport interchange that will allow passengers to connect with other parts of Sydney’s rail network.

The seventh station will consist of new underground platforms that will be built at the existing Central Station. Transport for NSW is yet to confirm if an architect has been appointed for the new platforms.

“Sydney Metro is Australia’s biggest transport project [with] 31 stations and 66 kilometres of new metro rail for Australia’s biggest city,” a government spokesperson told Property HQ. “It includes the delivery of seven new metro stations across North Sydney and the Sydney CBD.”

Stage one of the project, the north-west section from Rouse Hill to Chatswood, is already under construction and is due to be operational in 2019. In August 2016, Transport for NSW unveiled the designs of eight stations in the first stage of the project by Hassell.

Stage two of Sydney Metro will extend underneath Sydney Harbour, through the CBD to Sydenham, where it will be connected with the existing Bankstown line between Sydenham and Bankstown. It is expected to ease congestion at the existing Wynyard and Town Hall stations.

Several CBD buildings be demolished to make way for the project and 70 buildings along the route will need to be acquired.

The new project will increase Sydney Metro’s rail network capacity by more than 60 percent.

The 15.5 kilometre Sydney Metro City section of the project received planning approval in January 2017. Services on the line are expected to start in 2024.