Sydney’s Central Station to get $350 million makeover

A long strip of glass panels in the roof over the grand concourse at Sydney’s Central Station will be the centrepiece of a $350 million revamp of the main building, aimed at turning the transport hub into a destination in its own right.

Modelled on St Louis’s Union Station in the US, the grand dame of Sydney’s sprawling rail network – Central’s sandstone terminal building – will undergo the major facelift over the next three years, part of which will involve revitalising the area immediately around it.

An artist’s impression of the glass panels in the roof over Central Station’s grand concourse.Credit:NSW government

The plans for Eddy Avenue – at the northern end of the station – include the opening of 15 pop-up outlets in vacant shops along the strip and Eddy Plaza, which forms the main entrance to Central from nearby Belmore Park. A pop-up cinema for about 80 people will also be opened within the next two weeks in a bid to rejuvenate the area.

Infrastructure and Cities Minister Rob Stokes said the installation of glass panels in the roof over the grand concourse abutting the main building would reinstate long-forgotten views of the heritage clock tower and natural light.

“Over time there’s been so many ad hoc and incremental changes. [The project is] about restoring the glass [and] bringing the light back in which will just highlight all the extraordinary heritage features of the station,” he said. “We want to make it a real destination.”

He cited a royal commission in 1907 that found the station was cut off from the rest of the city.

“We want to correct that. We have a vision to turn Central into Sydney’s centrepiece and the first stage of that is pressing ahead with the renewal of one of Sydney’s historic landmark buildings,” he said.

Infrastructure and Cities Minister Rob Stokes at the top of Central Station’s clock tower.

Infrastructure and Cities Minister Rob Stokes at the top of Central Station’s clock tower.Credit:Dean Sewell

The government is seeking planning approval for the restoration of the terminal building by the middle of next year, and expects the work to be completed in 2026, in time for its 120th anniversary. As part of the plans, two extra escalators will be put in to improve access to Eddy Avenue and the plaza, and a historic loading dock turned into a marketplace.


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