The excavation stage has been completed at Sydney’s new metro station at Barangaroo, 30 metres underground, as the huge contract goes to BESIX Watpac.
The $217m contract includes building the station fit out, station entrance next to Nawi Cove and upgrading Hickson Road, which comprises improvements to cyclist and pedestrian safety such as a separated cycle link, new footpaths, trees, lighting, street furniture and bike parking, apart from lifts and escalators to the platforms.
Minister for Transport and Roads Andrew Constance said: “The excavation stage is complete after an incredible two years of work to remove about 650,000 tonnes of dirt and rock, enough to fill almost 100 Olympic swimming pools. The result is fantastic, and now we’re ready to build the station itself,” Mr Constance said.
“When the station opens as part of the Sydney Metro City & Southwest in 2024, customers will benefit from fast travel times to Barangaroo of about 44 minutes from Rouse Hill, 26 minutes from Belmore, 24 minutes from Epping and just three minutes from Victoria Cross Station.
“The station will transform access to the Walsh Bay Arts and Cultural precinct, as well as providing easy access to nearby residential, commercial and entertainment areas and the ferry hub, while taking pressure off Wynyard and Martin Place stations.”
With the current workforce across the Sydney Metro City & Southwest hovering over 5,000, by the time the project is completed, around 50,000 will have been employed there.
October 2021 will see the commencement of the construction of the station fit. However, because of the huge scale of the Sydney Metro project, the values of the final individual contract may vary.
The excavation stage has been completed at Sydney’s new metro station at Barangaroo, 30 metres underground, as the huge contract goes to BESIX Watpac. Credit: Troy Mortier/Unsplash.