Bates Smart Architects have thrown a curveball when it comes to the redesign of the new Moore Park stadium. The design firm says it shouldn’t be built there at all.
The Australian architecture firm has instead proposed the major transport site of Sydney Central station’s railway yards as a strategic home for the new Sydney stadium.
As the NSW government-led design competition for Moore Park stadium is under way, Bates Smart proposed a 4500-seat stadium to sit suspended over the rail yards.
The daring design comes as a response to the NSW government’s plan to demolish the Allianz stadium in Moore Park, and replace it with a new stadium complex on the same site.
Investment in cultural infrastructure is an integral part of creating a global city.Bates Smart
The state government announced its $1.5 billion decision to redevelop Sydney’s two stadiums, the Moore Park stadium and ANZ stadium at Homebush in March this year.
But government's plans have incited public opposition due to its proposal to demolish and then rebuild the Moore Park stadium as a waste of public funds.
“While we support the government’s investment in contemporary cultural infrastructure, we believe the current proposal does not maximise the investment of government funds,” the studio said.
Today a renaissance is underway, with stadiums once again being integrated into the city fabric and acting as catalysts of urban renewal.Bates Smart
The Sydney Central station concept would see the venue serviced by every major railway line.
"The Moore Park Stadium is not well serviced by public transport and its location is not accessible for people living in Western Sydney,” the studio said.
"The redevelopment does not catalyse wider economic benefits from urban or infrastructural renewal."
Along with creating greater public transport accessibility Bates Smart said the proposal would also be a catalyst in development of the railyards to connect Surry Hills to Chippendale.
“And have broader economic benefits for the state, the city and surrounding neighbourhood.”
Bates Smart director Philip Vivian said the idea is entirely possible but the design firm had received a lukewarm response from the state government.