Laing O'Rourke wins $746m Sydney metro station contract


UK-based construction firm Laing O'Rourke has won a contract worth AUD955m ($746m) to transform Sydney’s busiest station into the gateway to the new Sydney Metro network.

Under the contract, the company will build the new Sydney Metro platforms at Central and Central Walk, a key component of the Sydney Metro City & Southwest project.

Laing O’Rourke managing director Cathal O’Rourke said: “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.”

The scope of the work includes the construction of the new Sydney Metro platforms about 27m below the existing platform level together with the new pedestrian concourse Central Walk offering connectivity directly from the new metro platforms to Chalmers Street.

The main features of the project include construction of Central Walk, a 19m wide tunnel from Chalmers Street, connecting to new metro platforms under Central Station, construction of a new metro station, refurbishment of the Central Station.

Furthermore, a new feature roof to the Northern Concourse will be delivered as part of the project.

Laing O’Rourke will execute the project in collaboration with design firm Woods Bagot and its partner John McAslan + Partners, and with design partnerships featuring GHD and Aurecon.

O’Rourke added: “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.”

Central Station serves as a key pillar of Sydney’s public transport network, with over 250,000 people passing through the station daily.

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