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Make lands £550m Sydney station overhaul

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Ken Shuttleworth’s firm Make has won an international competition to regenerate the area around Wynyard train station in Sydney

The London-based practice beat SOM, Grimshaw, Australian outfit Bates Smart and Germany’s Ingenhoven to win the City of Sydney-backed contest for the prominent city centre scheme.

Supported by local firm Architectus, the project for developer Brookfield will replace Sydney’s Menzies Hotel and Thakral House with a new 27-storey office skyscraper known as One Carrington Street.

The 58,000m² Sydney tower will include a new eastern concourse and entrance for Wynyard Station, a basement car park and 5,000m² of retail on four levels.

The scheme replaces a 29-storey mixed-use tower proposed by Hassell for the site’s previous owners in 2012.

Make, which was crowned AJ100 Practice of the Year, will restore the neighbouring Shell House building, converting it into 8,000m² of office space with 1,500m² of shops.

A public passageway between George and Carrington Streets will also create a new route to Wynyard Park. The Woods Bagot-designed Wynyard Walk public realm scheme is also expected to connect the development to Richard Rogers’ £3.3 billion Barangaroo masterplan.

Kurt Wilkinson of Brookfield Office Properties said: ‘The design excellence competition aimed to identify an architect that shared our vision for a new, vibrant city precinct at Wynyard, and we are confident this has been achieved.’

He added: ‘The One Carrington Street project will see the regeneration of the Wynyard precinct through a new development, which will invest in excess of $1 billion dollars, in the heart of Sydney, with significant economic benefit to the City and New South Wales.’

Ian Lomas, project director at Make said: ‘The design for One Carrington Street is all about Sydney. The route between Wynyard Station, George Street and the Hunter Connection will give the city a new urban space, with the generosity associated with all great stations around the world.

He continued: ‘The new office will be sculpted to optimise views to and from the building – each elevation is different to complement and enhance the city’s skyline.’

A development application has been submitted to the Australian Department of Planning and Infrastructure as part of the final phase of approval for the project.

The project is planned to start on site next year and complete by 2018.

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