Woods Bagot have been appointed principal architects of Wynyard Walk in the centre of Sydney’s CBD, working with Thiess on the $154 million design and construct contract for Transport for NSW.

They will be joined by landscape architects Aspect Studios on the project.

The project brief is to provide a world class, fully accessible pedestrian link from Wynyard train station to the developing CBD western corridor and Barangaroo.

“This new walkway connects the experience of the city and Sydney Harbour through a consistent architectural expression that aids wayfinding and creates a unified identity for Wynyard Walk,” said Woods Bagot principal Domenic Alvaro.

 Conceptual drawings of Wynyard Walk (internal) by Woods Bagot

The walkway will enable pedestrians to travel from the Wynyard transport hub to the Barangaroo waterfront in approximately six minutes, avoiding steep inclines and road crossings.

It will increase the entry and exit capacity of Wynyard Station in order to meet current and future demands for the CBD’s western corridor and waterfront.

This includes catering for the Barangaroo development which, when complete, is expected to accommodate up to 23,000 office workers and attract up to 33,000 visitors per day.

The design concept for Wynyard Walk is based on 'flow', inspired by nature and the geology of the Sydney region; a landscape of deep cliffs, gorges, beaches and estuaries carved by erosion.

“Wynyard Walk will respond directly to function and the fluid dynamics of motion, with the desired lines of movement reinforced through built form and detailing of materials to create a unified experience,” continued Domenic.

Key features of the project include:

  • A new western entrance to Wynyard Station (Clarence Street Entry Building), providing direct access to the station concourse.
  • A new 3.5 metre high by 9 metre wide underground pedestrian link from the new Western Station entrance to Wynyard Station to the intersection of Kent and Napoleon Streets.
  • A pedestrian bridge over Sussex Street, with lifts and escalators connecting to the Barangaroo development.

Construction is scheduled to commence in November 2012 and is due to be completed in late 2015.

Project Team: Thiess (Builder), Woods Bagot (Architects) Aspect Studios (Landscape) TTW (Structure) PSM (Tunnel Structure) NDY (Services) Jacobs (Tunnel Contractor) Flynn (Art Curator)