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Architect Proposes Stadium Above Central Station

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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.

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Bates Smart director Philip Vivian said the concept was tested with engineering group Arup to prove it was feasible.
Bates Smart director Philip Vivian said the concept was tested with engineering group Arup to prove it was feasible.

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.

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Central Railyards currently. The proposed stadium would sit in the widest part of the railway yards, and would not require demolition of any heritage listed buildings.
Central Railyards currently. The proposed stadium would sit in the widest part of the railway yards, and would not require demolition of any heritage listed buildings.

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."

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More Park for Moore Park: The proposal suggests Moore Park Stadium could continue to operate during construction of the new venue, and upon completion it could be restored to its original size, replacing parkland lost to the light rail line.
More Park for Moore Park: The proposal suggests Moore Park Stadium could continue to operate during construction of the new venue, and upon completion it could be restored to its original size, replacing parkland lost to the light rail line.


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.

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