The METRON consortium has won the Underground Station Design and Technical Services (USDTS) contract as part of Stage 2 of the Sydney Metro project. Architectus will work in collaboration with global architecture firm Foster + Partners and members of the METRON consortium.
With 31 stations and 66km of new metro rail, Sydney Metro is Australia’s biggest public transport project. Stage 2 will include a 30 kilometre extension of metro rail under Sydney Harbour and through new CBD stations.
METRON will lead the engineering design of six underground metro rail stations as part of Stage 2, the Sydney Metro City & Southwest project. The METRON design consortium is a joint venture led by Arcadis and Mott MacDonald, and includes local architect Architectus, global architecture house Foster + Partners, and engineers Robert Bird Group.
Mark van den Enden, Principal – Rail and Infrastructure, Architectus: “We’re proud to be at the forefront of design for one of Australia’s largest infrastructure projects, working in partnership with global rail architecture leaders, Foster + Partners, and collaborating closely with our client and METRON design teams to create a vital transport link into the heart of Sydney.
“This is a truly city shaping project with six-new underground metro station designs set to integrate harmoniously with existing and new commercial and residential over station developments, to provide an engaging and seamless commuter journey. The complexity, coordination and precision required really makes this the pinnacle infrastructure project for an Australian transport architect and a flagship project for Architectus.
“Through experience managing city planning, urban design and architectural design for other major transport projects, such as Gold Coast Light Rail, Capital Metro, and Parramatta Light Rail as Technical Advisor, we are critically aware of the role that well-designed transport infrastructure can play in vastly improving how a city functions and we’re excited to bring that to the people of Sydney.
“To ensure the station designs meet the evolving needs of Sydney commuters, we’re undertaking a customer-led design process to understand the total journey experience and translate commuter needs into tangible design outcomes. This process will include immersive testing with virtual reality and 1:1 scale prototypes of station environments with the support of design team specialists including customer centred design, human factors experts and behavioural psychologists.”
Anthony Venturini, Managing Director Building and Urban Development, Arcadis Australia Pacific: “Sydney Metro will be one of the most transformational projects in NSW since the Sydney Harbour Bridge and we are very excited to bring our combination of global experience and Australian intel to the project.
“This win reinforces the strength of the Arcadis Australia Pacific business and continues our strong growth through winning nation-building projects.”
Stephen Giblett, Built Environment Sector Leader, Mott MacDonald Australia & New Zealand: “We are very proud to be the joint lead designers on a key part of Australia’s largest public transport project and continue to apply our global metro expertise to Australian projects.