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‘Like St Pancras’: New roof to help Central Station rival global counterparts

Central Station is getting a facelift and one that will help Sydney’s busiest station rival its global counterparts – aesthetically – according to the state’s Transport Minister.The build on a new landmark roof is well under way and should be completed within the next two years as part of the State Government’s wider Sydney Metro…

Central Station is getting a facelift and one that will help Sydney’s busiest station rival its global counterparts – aesthetically – according to the state’s Transport Minister.

The build on a new landmark roof is well under way and should be completed within the next two years as part of the State Government’s wider Sydney Metro construction works.

“Central has been like a rabbit warren, this now opens it up,” Transport Minister Andrew Constance said.

“Come 2023 this is going to be a very different station. It will be mirroring those great stations around the world, like St Pancras, Kings Cross and Central Station in New York.”

He described it as marrying heritage with modern features.

The roof is 80 metres long and 40 metres wide and extends from the northern end of Platform 8 to Platform 16. It also allows natural light to filter through to the platforms 16 metres below.

The 330-tonne roof was manufactured and pre-assembled by a team based in Kurri Kurri. Contractor Laing O’Rourke worked with architects Woods Bagot and John McAslan + Partners on the bespoke design.

Mr Constance said 500 workers alone were helping deliver the Sydney Metro works at Central, with 5000 employed across the city and southwest projects.

Sydney Metro chief executive Jon Lamonte said the aim was to make Metro “fit for the next 100 years”.

“It’s a major step forward and we’re really improving this gateway to NSW,” he said.

Two underground platforms and pedestrian walk are also being built to offer passengers access between the light rail, trains and bus services.

Works to build the 30-metres-deep metro station “box” have now reached 18 metres below ground level, and preparations are in place to break into the tunnel in the coming months.

“We’ve always said we were doing open heart surgery at Central Station, but without a doubt one of the best advancements we’ve seen … is the new concourse,” Mr Constance said.

“The roof is starting to take shape, and you can see this is going to be a magical. It’s going to maintain the heritage while bringing some modern features to the skyline.”

The roof will gradually be installed over the Northern Concourse until the end of the year, while the underground walkway, dubbed Central Walk, will open to customers in 2022.

New city Metro services are expected in 2024.

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