“Central Sq. is envisaged as a set of linked public areas, with public plazas, tree-lined walkways and the transformation of Railway Sq. right into a cool, inexperienced area,” she mentioned. “It is an concept that may underpin Tech Central and provides id to the precinct as an entire.”
The concept of a serious sq. at Central linked to different public squares at Town Hall and Circular Quay was first envisaged by Jan Gehl, a famend Danish architect and urbanist. The council hired him in 2007 to assist make town a greater place to dwell and work.
The 2-hectare space designated for the sq. at Central is owned partly by each the council and the NSW authorities. Council papers present the proposed decrease sq. subsequent to the brick station buildings is envisaged as an “partaking area appropriate for exercise 24 hours per day”.
In distinction, the higher sq. – on the identical degree because the station’s principal concourse – could be “quiet and passive in character” and would hook up with Belmore Park.
The papers present the Railway Sq. plaza could be “cool and inexperienced” and embody a shared zone on Lee Avenue, whereas a serious pedestrian thoroughfare from the station would hook up with a large pathway “delineated by vital tree plantings” to George, Pitt and Quay streets.
Cr Moore mentioned Central Sq. would turn into an vital vacation spot that “helps us breathe life into town’s 24/7 financial system”.
Planning and Public Areas Minister Rob Stokes mentioned the federal government would work carefully with the council to rework an space that had turn into “a bit drained into one thing dynamic and thrilling”.
“It is nice to see the Metropolis of Sydney planning forward and arising with contemporary concepts for high quality open area,” he mentioned.
The federal government plans to refurbish Central Station as a part of its so-called Tech Central precinct, which can ultimately span from the station to close Redfern station.
Software program large Atlassian unveiled plans a number of months in the past for a 40-storey tower to accommodate its world headquarters, which can neighbour several other high-rises in an space referred to as the western gateway. It’s the first stage of the precinct’s redevelopment.
The council has but to place a determine on the estimated value of the proposed sq., which is predicted to be inbuilt phases over the subsequent seven years.
The timeframe aligns with the opening of presidency tasks such because the multibillion-dollar City and Southwest metro rail line in 2024, and a proposed pedestrian walkway three years later.
The Metropolis of Sydney’s early idea plans and indicative timeframe for Central Sq. will go earlier than a council committee for endorsement on Monday, after which to a full council assembly every week later.
Matt O’Sullivan is Metropolis Editor at The Sydney Morning Herald.