Laing O’Rourke secures $955mn contract to transform Sydney’s Central Station

By Jonathan Dyble
Leading international construction and engineering company Laing O’Rourke has been awarded a new contract to build the new Sydney Central metro platfo...

Leading international construction and engineering company Laing O’Rourke has been awarded a new contract to build the new Sydney Central metro platform – a major part of the city’s Sydney Metro City & Southwest project.

The news was announced by the New South Wales Transport Minister Andrew Constance, stating that the upgrade represents the biggest improvement to the station in decades.

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“This is the start of Central’s long-awaited renewal, bringing new entrances and simpler interchanges that will make life so much easier for customers,” Constance said.  “Central Station is the gateway to our great city, and we are working to develop a station that blends heritage with innovative design on par with other grand stations around the world.”

The main features will include the construction of Central walk, a 19-meter wide tunnel that will link new metro platforms to Central station, in addition to a new roof that will look to emphasize historic features within the building.

“We have a strong track record in complex transport precincts around the world – and with this experience we have assembled a team who will deliver a world-class result for the NSW Government, the people of Sydney and the businesses and customers who rely on Central every day,” O’Rourke said.

“Our recent experience delivering the $100 million upgrade of Wynyard Station allowed us to develop construction techniques that will ensure minimal disruption throughout the life of the project. The station needs to be kept running, and its history and heritage protected, as we also upgrade it to the modern transport solution Metro offers.”

The build is expected to complete in mid-2022.

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