26 September 2023

City terminal building all go for travellers

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The Department of Planning and Environment (DPE) is calling for feedback on plans to revitalise the Sydney Terminal Building in the first major step in renewing the city’s Central Precinct.

Opening consultation, the Minister for Infrastructure, Rob Stokes said plans for the building’s revitalisation proposed customer and community experience improvements, heritage restoration as well as new retail, dining and events spaces.

“The plans will transform hidden spaces such as the storeroom and loading dock into a multi-purpose event space and thriving marketplace, connecting previously inaccessible areas and creating a world-class transport interchange,” Mr Stokes said.

“Central Station is Sydney’s gateway to the regions,” he said.

“The sandstone walls of the Sydney Terminal Building have witnessed so many moments of Australian history, great and small.”

Mr Stokes said heritage enhancements would come with modernisation, including wi-fi connectivity, charging points for commuters and a new events space for live music, public art and pop-up events.

He said the environmental impact statement (EIS), open for comment until 8 March, reflected early feedback about the need to improve wayfinding and accessibility, retail offerings and heritage restoration.

“The EIS will outline the proposed renewal of the Sydney Terminal Building, including the loading dock, Grand Concourse, Booking Hall and the Central Electric Building,” the Minister said.

“In addition to the creation of new social spaces for the community, the revitalisation will also prioritise new and improved pedestrian connections including new lifts, stairs and escalators to provide convenient and direct pedestrian connectivity.”

Further information on the Sydney Terminal Building EIS can be accessed at this PS News link.

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