Central Precinct Renewal
Fender Katsalidis was engaged by Transport for NSW to complete an extensive urban design study for the Central Station precinct and Western Gateway sites.
This engagement included various government departments, the NSW Government Architect, Central Station stakeholders and advisors, as well as the engineering consultant team and heritage advisors.
Ultimately, three masterplans were analysed and tested to illustrate potential outcomes. The first was aligned with the City of Sydney grid. The second was aligned with the Central Station grid. The third was aligned with the existing landmark buildings on the site and was inspired by the connections through the movement of people.
The final masterplan was followed through in greater detail to determine a potential 1.6 million squares metres of GFA for the site. This incorporated a mix of commercial, institutional, residential, hotel, cultural and community buildings with a network of vehicular, cycle and pedestrian access. The through site also links Prince Alfred Park, Redfern, the Western Corridor and Central Station elements.
The premise of the masterplan was to create an overstation deck spanning all the rail lines. Vertical circulation between the edges was designed to make movement systems active and efficient.
A major cultural initiation was imagined at the southern end of the station, addressing a new public square with a new station enclosure designed to celebrate the arrival to Sydney through its major transportation hub.
Heritage buildings were respected and celebrated through the masterplanning process, while residential dwellings and their lower built forms were imagined along Prince Alfred Park. Increased building height followed the solar access plane, away from the park away and towards the CBD to approximately 250 metres, thus, maintaining daylight access to the park.