Integrated concept designs have been released for the Victoria Cross and Pitt Street stations on the Sydney Metro rapid transit system as the planning process accelerates.
The new metro stations in North Sydney and the CBD are set to be the city’s newest landmarks in their own right, offering retail, community, residential and commercial opportunities.
Victoria Cross and Pitt Street stations have been chosen as locations where Sydney could replicate mass-transit-oriented developments such as Hudson Yards in New York and Paddington Station on London’s Crossrail.
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Concept design of Victoria Cross Station in North Sydney.
The new sites are part of the NSW government's $20 billion Sydney Metro scheme delivering a new train network across Sydney's metropolitan area.
Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance said: “These great new destinations will be integrated with their surrounding environments, moulded on what is happening on other world-class mass transit systems."
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. Like metro stations around the world, stations on the new Sydney Metro system will be vibrant places and landmarks in their own right.”
[Related reading: Sydney a Challenger to the Big Seven Established World Cities]The planning process has started with integrated concept designs released for Victoria Cross and Pitt Street stations to deliver buildings that offer commercial, residential, community and retail opportunities.
Planning for the integrated station design at Crows Nest will start next year. 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.
At Victoria Cross Station in Miller Street, North Sydney, there is one building, up to 40 storeys, with commercial offices and integrated retail on the ground level.
Sydney Metro program director Rodd Staples said work on the integrated designs can start while station construction is underway.
“Sydney Metro is more than just a world-scale public transport project, it’s a defining city-building opportunity,” Staples said.
“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.
“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.”