A seven-member consortium, which includes UK firm Foster and Partners and Australian practice Architectus, has won the tender to design six new Sydney Metro City stations.

Seven new stations will be constructed in the Sydney Metro City section. While the joint venture will design six of the seven stations – Crows Nest, Victoria Cross, Barangaroo, Martin Place, Pitt Street and Waterloo – the seventh station will consist of new underground platforms to be built at the existing Central Station. The Martin Place station is being planned as a major transport interchange for passengers to connect with other parts of Sydney’s rail network.

According to a Transport for NSW spokesperson, Sydney Metro is Australia’s biggest transport project with 31 stations and 66 kilometres of new metro rail for Australia’s biggest city. The 15.5-kilometre Sydney Metro City section of the project received planning approval in January 2017 with services expected to start in 2024.

Stage one, covering the north-west section from Rouse Hill to Chatswood, is due to be operational in 2019. Stage two will extend underneath Sydney Harbour, through the CBD to Sydenham, where it will be connected with the existing Bankstown line between Sydenham and Bankstown.

57f9e055a5f8de7f5cd27eb915535c7b-1.jpgProposed Sydney Metro station at Pitt Street by Foster and Partners and Architectus 

c59ad5a485797ebd57c575b57b03f1d6.jpgProposed Sydney Metro station at Martin Place by Foster and Partners and Architectus

Sydney Metro’s construction will result in the demolition of several CBD buildings including a 22-storey commercial tower, designed by architect-engineer Alan Williams and Associates in 1972.

The joint venture Metron includes Foster and Partners, Architectus, Arcadis, Mott MacDonald, Robert Bird Group, WT Partnership and McKenzie Group Consulting.

Images: Courtesy Transport for NSW