Macquarie Group has submitted a stage-one development application for its unsolicited proposal to build two towers above Sydney’s existing Martin Place Railway Station, the proposed Martin Place Metro Station, and a public underpass beneath Martin Place. The application seeks approval for a “broad development concept including land uses, gross floor area, and building envelopes for two over-station developments.”
The Metro Martin Place proposal, designed by Grimshaw and Johnson Pilton Walker, comprises two sites – one is adjacent to Martin Place to the south, the other is adjacent to the developer’s headquarters at 50 Martin Place, a heritage-listed Beaux-Arts revivalist-style building designed by Ross and Rowe, completed in 1928 and refurbished by Johnson Pilton Walker in 2014.
The towers would be predominately commercial with the developer occupying both. The concept for the north tower is a 39-story building with a podium to be integrated with the existing 50 Martin Place, while the south tower would be a 32-story building. The proposal also includes an underground public concourse that would provide a pedestrian link from Martin Place to Hunter Street. The stage one proposal is currently on exhibition for public comment.
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