Foster + Partners has won a competition to create a chain of seven stations along an extension of the Sydney Metro, which will tunnel beneath the city's harbor. Earlier this month the firm also picked up the commission for Circular Quay, a GBP£890 million (USD$1.1 billion) office skyscraper, backed by developer Lend Lease, on a key waterfront site in Sydney overlooking Jørn Utzon’s Sydney Opera House.
The London-based practice will design stations at Crows Nest, Victoria Cross, Martin Place, Pitt Street, Waterloo, and Barangaroo – where fellow London architects Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners has just completed a trio of skyscrapers.
The stations will extend the Sydney Metro northwest, under Sydney Harbour, and past the Opera House to the city's central business district (CBD).
The project is part of a wider overhaul of the city's transportation system, which will see 66 kilometers of track added by 2024. "Sydney Metro is Australia's biggest transportation project – 31 stations and 66 kilometers of new metro rail for Australia's biggest city," said a spokesperson for Transport for NSW. "It includes the delivery of seven new metro stations across North Sydney and the Sydney CBD."
The architects have teamed up with consultants Arcadis, Mott MacDonald Group, WT Partnership, and McKenzie Group Consulting, as well as engineers Robert Bird Group and architects Architectus for the project.
Construction work is expected to begin on the stations in early 2021 and complete the following year, in time for the line to become fully operational by 2024.
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