By ALLISON HORE
The City of Sydney have revealed their vision for a new major public square at Sydney’s Central station. The new square is set to complement the NSW Government’s “Tech Central” technology precinct.
The new square to be named Central Square is set to transform the area around Sydney’s Central Station and turn it into a high-tech, green and people-friendly public square. The City of Sydney will work together with the NSW Government and Transport for NSW, who are the key landowners, to bring the plan to life.
“This concept is an opportunity to realise our vision of a public square at Central Station as one of three major public spaces connected by a people-friendly spine along George Street,” the Lord Mayor said.
In the design, the Central Square precinct will include four connected spaces. The first space, the Central West Walk, will replace the Devonshire street tunnel. Next to the heritage brick station buildings will be the Lower Square which the council says will be “a highly active space, with seating and shade, suitable for activity 24 hours a day.” The Upper Square, next to the Central Station Grand Concourse, will connect the station to Belmore Park.
Railway Square will also get a makeover under the plan, with trees being planted and the footpaths being widened to provide more space for people to sit and relax.
Ms. Moore said the number of workers and visitors in the city expected to increase over the next 20 years, with a new technology and innovation precinct planned at Central expected to bring an influx of workers. To accommodate these workers as well as the existing demographic in the area including university students, having more safe and comfortable outdoor spaces is essential.
“It’s an idea that will underpin Tech Central and give identity and space to the city as a whole,” said Ms. Moore.
“High quality public open space is essential for our global city and good for our economy, environment and wellbeing. By creating wonderful public spaces, we ensure Sydney is an attractive place for businesses, residents and visitors.”
The plans for Central Square will line up with changes to transport infrastructure in the area including the new light rail and metro projects. It will also connect with the pedestrianised area of George Street, which is set to be extended further south to Rawson Place in a $35 million project. These measures will reduce bus and car traffic, and allow more for more pedestrians on the major road corridors to central square.
“Central Square is part of our work to help the safe movement of people, create a vibrant 24/7 city and increase our sustainability by providing new green spaces,” the Lord Mayor said.