Foster + Partners is understood to have seen off both Weston Williamson and Grimshaw to land the high-profile project to design seven new metro stations in central Sydney
It is the second major project win in Sydney this year for the AJ100 top-ranked practice, which is working on the Metro scheme as part of a joint venture headed by consulting giants Arcadis and Mott McDonald.
Earlier this month Foster + Partners also picked up the commission for a £890 million office skyscraper, backed by developer Lend Lease, on a key waterfront site in Sydney overlooking Circular Quay and Jørn Utzon’s Sydney Opera House.
The seven new stations across North Sydney and the Sydney central business district (CBD) will serve the 15.5km central link between Chatswood on the North shore and Sydenham. Once complete the $12.5 billion Sydney Metro - billed as Australia’s biggest transport project- will feature 31 stations and 66km of new rail track.
Earlier this year Australia’s minister for transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance said the ’scale of the project [would] rival any megaproject across the globe’.
Foster + Partners will design stations at Crows Nest, Victoria Cross, Barangaroo, Martin Place, Pitt Street and Waterloo. The rapid transport system’s rail tunnels will be the first to be built under Sydney Harbour.
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Controversially the scheme will see several buildings in Sydney’s CBD flattened, including a number of high-rise blocks.
The design team on the project includes Robert Bird Group, Architectus, WT Partnership and McKenzie Group Consulting.