Sydney Metro will revitalise communities, transform places and make the nation’s only global city more liveable and connected.
Australia’s largest city will be more productive and more attractive globally. Not only will this new mass transit system move more people safely and reliably than ever before, it will unlock the potential of Sydney as a growing global city – creating new and diverse opportunities to support changing communities.
Joining other great global mass transit development initiatives, the NSW Government has identified stations on the Sydney Metro system which can be better integrated with the areas around them, creating world-class places that will shape our city’s future.
Creating great places in a global city
Building new metro stations for Sydney will create exciting opportunities to bring together international best practice and innovative urban thinking to shape and create vibrant and attractive places in the precincts surrounding reach station.
Vibrant places help strengthen communities, attract visitors, workers and investment and enhance our city’s liveability. Sydney’s new metro stations will create focal points in the communities that they serve, with new places for people to live, work, shop and play – and public spaces designed to encourage walking, cycling and social interaction.
Each station is different in character, and will require a tailored place-based approach to planning and place making to realise opportunities in each area.
A new international standard of place
In building new metro stations for Sydney, an exciting opportunity exists to integrate global best practice and innovative thinking to create a sense of place.
Vibrant neighbourhoods help strengthen communities, attract investment and enhance liveability. A dynamic place integrates restaurants, parks, footpaths, buildings and other public space to invite greater interaction between people and foster healthier, more social and economically viable communities.
Sydney Metro will help create places that are easy to access, are connected to their surroundings, are comfortable and clean, and that provide social interactions and boundless opportunities.
Supporting and developing local communities
Local communities are the focal point in planning, designing and managing public spaces.
Through urban design principles and place making, Sydney Metro stations will be more than somewhere to catch the train; they will be the centre of the communities through a variety of uses.
Transport for NSW will work closely with communities on how to best integrate station development and deliver stations and buildings that are thriving, welcoming hubs for everyone to enjoy.
The Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (formerly Department of Planning and Environment) has given concept approval for the Victoria Cross over station development.
The concept proposal for Victoria Cross is a 40-storey commercial office building above the station’s southern entrance, integrating retail opportunities and enhancing North Sydney as a thriving commercial, residential and entertainment hub.
The NSW Government has awarded Lendlease the contract to deliver the new Victoria Cross Station and the building above it, including new retail spaces and improvements to the public domain.
Lendlease held early community consultation in May 2019 as part of its detailed State Significant Development (SSD) Application.
The modification to the Concept SSD Approval is being prepared, along with the SSD application for the detailed design. This will be prepared in accordance with the Secretary’s Environmental Assessment Requirements. Both are expected to be lodged in the second half of 2019, and public exhibition will follow.
You can view Lendlease’s proposal for the Victoria Cross integrated station development here.
The new Sydney Metro station at Waterloo provides a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to revitalise this diverse and vibrant community, and make the area one of the most connected and attractive places in the inner city to live, work and visit.
The Metro Quarter is bounded by Botany Road, Cope Street, Raglan Street and Wellington Street, and will connect people with employment, transport and some of Sydney’s key destinations. Sydney Metro is working with UrbanGrowth NSW Development Corporation to deliver the Metro Quarter. Additional information is available on their website.
Concept State Significant Development Application
Sydney Metro received planning approval for Waterloo Station in January 2017, and is now seeking a concept State Significant Development approval for the buildings above and around the Waterloo station site known as the Metro Quarter. The concept State Significant Development application and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) were lodged with the NSW Department of Planning and Environment and exhibited for community feedback from November 2018 until the end of January 2019. The application contains information about the proposed buildings above and around the station and an assessment of possible environmental impacts.
You can view a summary of the proposal in the Waterloo Over Station Development overview booklet, which is also available in Chinese and Russian.
The concept State Significant Development application for Waterloo and accompanying documents can be viewed on the Sydney Metro documents library.
A planning determination is expected in 2019 by the Minister for Planning.
The Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (formerly Department of Planning and Environment) has given concept approval for the Pitt Street over station development.
The concept proposal for Pitt Street is a 43-storey building which could be either a commercial office tower or mix-use building with residential apartments, a hotel and commercial or retail space above the northern entry to Pitt Street station, on Park Street between Pitt and Castlereagh streets, and a 30-storey commercial or 35-storey residential building above the southern entry to Pitt Street station, near the corner of Bathurst and Pitt streets.
Planning approval for Pitt Street North includes:
- a building envelope with a maximum height of 188.7 metres (or approximately 43 storeys)
- a maximum gross floor area of 50,310 square metres (including station floor space)
- a maximum of 50 car parking spaces
Planning approval for Pitt Street South includes:
- a building envelope with a maximum height of 171.6 metres (or approximately 35 residential or 30 commercial storeys)
- a maximum of 34 car parking spaces
The tender process to build the new Pitt Street station and the buildings above the station is ongoing. The NSW Government expects to award the contract later this year.
More than 115 submissions were received during the 28 days of public consultation in 2018 after the Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed buildings was lodged with the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment.
Crows Nest Station
The metro station at Crows Nest provides an opportunity for a modern precinct that services the community’s needs, supported by a world class metro system.
The concept for the over station development at Crows Nest includes four buildings – two residential, one commercial office space, and either a hotel or commercial office building.
Early community feedback has helped shape the concept proposal for the Crows Nest integrated station development, including looking at opportunities to incorporate more greenspace, community facilities and shops and services like convenience stores, cafes and a gym.
Concept State Significant Development Application
Sydney Metro received planning approval for Crows Nest Station in January 2017, and is now seeking approval for the buildings above and adjacent to the station. The concept State Significant Development application and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) were lodged with the NSW Department of Planning and Environment and exhibited for community feedback from November 2018 until February 2019. The application contains information about the proposed buildings above and around the station and an assessment of possible environmental impacts.
You can view a summary of the proposal in the Crows Nest Over Station Development community overview booklet.
The concept State Significant Development application for Crows Nest and accompanying documents can be viewed on the NSW Department of Planning and Environment website and on the Sydney Metro website document library.
The NSW Government has awarded Macquarie Group a contract to deliver the new Martin Place integrated station development.
The Martin Place integrated station development includes the new Martin Place metro station, two new commercial buildings above the station, a retail space and recreation precinct, new underground pedestrian connections and improvements to the public domain.
Macquarie Group has appointed LendLease as its design and construction contractor to deliver the Martin Place integrated station development.
From a public transport customer perspective, the physical station environment like the platforms and paid concourse area will meet the same high standards as all the new city metro stations.
As the new Martin Place Station is built underground, the buildings above will be constructed at the same time, creating a new landmark CBD development and a world-class transport hub.
The new Martin Place Station will deliver new metro rail services – with the ultimate capacity for a metro train every two minutes in each direction through the centre of the CBD – and will also directly link the existing Martin Place suburban railway station, which services the Eastern Suburbs and Illawarra lines.
You can read more about the proposal in the Martin Place integrated station development newsletter.
Concept State Significant Development Applications (SSDA) have been lodged for each site in 2018, with public consultation held.
The sites are classified as state significant given their scale and integration with Sydney Metro.