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John McAslan scoops £540m Sydney station scheme

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John McAslan + Partners has won a key role in the overhaul of Sydney’s Central Station.

The practice, which has offices in London and Edinburgh, will work with Woods Bagot on the A$955 million (£540 million) project.

The pair form part of a multidisciplinary team appointed to upgrade the 112-year-old station by Transport for New South Wales and Sydney Metro. UK-based contracting giant Laing O’Rourke will lead the team.

John McAslan + Partners executive chairman John McAslan said: ‘We are looking forward to contributing to this landmark project.

‘The world’s leading cities, Sydney among them, are under extraordinary pressure in terms of the development of transport infrastructure in relation to urban fabric. With 96 per cent of Sydney train services currently calling at Central Station, this interchange performs a critical function and impression of the city.’

Woods Bagot has five studios in Australia as well as a base in London and various others around the world. Its principal, John Prentice, said customer-centred thinking was at the heart of the scheme.

Describing it as ‘generous, distinctive and memorable’, he said the station’s new underground concourse would ‘eliminate the travel trudge’.

He added: ‘Our design approach has been to walk in the shoes of the customer every step of the way to create a truly great experience.

‘Finding your way around intuitively in uncluttered and beautifully finished spaces has been a major design focus.’

Central Station is the backbone of Sydney’s public transport network, with more than 250,000 people passing through the station every day, a number forecast to grow to 450,000 in the next two decades. The overhaul of the station is part of the A$20 billion (£11.3 billion) Sydney Metro initiative.

Last year, Foster + Partners landed a contract to design seven new metro stations in central Sydney as part of the project. These will serve the 15.5km central link between Chatswood on the North shore and Sydenham. 

John McAslan + Partners previously designed the celebrated transformation of London’s King’s Cross Station, while Woods Bagot won plaudits for its overhaul of Sydney’s Wynyard Walk commuter link. 

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