Sydney Terminal Building at Central Station to receive $350m revamp

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A $350 million facelift to be given to the heritage-listed Sydney Terminal Building at Central Station, restoring one of Sydney’s signature sandstone buildings.

The works will breathe new life into the Grand Concourse, the Booking Hall, Eddy Plaza, Western Forecourt, and Central Electric Building.

Alongside the station revamp, the Government is also revitalising Eddy Avenue by supporting 15 new pop-up retailers ahead of major renovations of the public plaza, accessed by 70,000 visitors weekly.

Minister for Cities Rob Stokes said the initiatives would bring Sydney’s history back to life and activate spaces that are currently sitting vacant.

“We have the 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,” says Minister for Cities Rob Stokes.

“We’re going back to the future with the magnificent Grand Concourse by reinstating long forgotten views of the heritage clocktower through new glass panels, just as they were when Central Station first opened,” says Minister for Cities Rob Stokes.

“By restoring the original 19th-century features of the Sydney Terminal Building, we’re opening it up for 21st-century opportunities that will make it a destination in its own right, not just a place for people to travel through,” says Minister for Cities Rob Stokes.

“These works will attract new retailers, just as we’ve seen along Eddy Avenue with Central Station’s first cinema, a pizza and gin bar and even a recording studio,” says Minister for Cities Rob Stokes.

The Eddy Avenue activation will:

  • introduce 15 pop-up tenancies to the vacant shops along Eddy Ave and Eddy Plaza
  • install pop-up cultural activities, including a cinema and event space
  • enhance the public domain with landscaping and outdoor furniture
  • support the area and existing tenants with events and activations.

Transport Asset Holding Entity (TAHE) CEO Benedicte Colin said this was a once-in-a-generation transformation of one of Australia’s most historic transport hubs.

“Forget what you know about Central. This project will turn the station into a global, modern destination with exciting retail, bar and dining options, and better outdoor spaces for travellers to unwind while improving accessibility options to the station,” says Transport Asset Holding Entity (TAHE) CEO Benedicte Colin. 

“We want to shift perceptions about what Central can offer residents and visitors to Sydney, and we’re thrilled with the new pop-up venues at EDDY,” says Transport Asset Holding Entity (TAHE) CEO Benedicte Colin. 

Public members are invited to have their say on the proposal until Monday, 12 December 2022, at 5 pm.

Find out more about the Central Precinct Renewal Program .

Source: © State of New South Wales

Image source: © Transport for NSW 2022

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