an innovative digital hub and enabling greater collaboration, communication and learnings throughout the project. 

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The challenge

One of Arcadis’ main challenges in helping deliver the large-scale urban planning development of Central Station, was to reimagine the historical Sydney precinct as an innovative and contemporary transport interchange that would also function as a vibrant urban gateway, bringing new economic opportunities to the heart of the city. Drawing on Arcadis’ global expertise, a sustainable and innovative stakeholder-led approach to urban design of the precinct would allow the character and heritage of this inner-city landmark to be retained while creating an exciting new CBD destination reinforcing Sydney’s reputation as a truly global city. 

The solution

Utilising experience leading similar major regeneration projects including London Bridge Station, Rotterdam Central Station and Federation Square, the Arcadis team is providing expert technical advice around the engineering aspects of the urban structure plan.


    The cultural and historical significance of the Central Station precinct meant it was critical to engage industry stakeholders and community at an early phase, with considered feedback and insights becoming inspiration for further progression of the project. Overwhelmingly, stakeholders shared a common vision for the transport precinct to become an exciting destination where people gather together and once again, enjoy this famed public location.

    To ensure the continued stakeholder collaboration necessary to deliver this ambitious project, the team from Arcadis devised an innovative new approach to delivering design documentation by building a digital information hub called the ‘Central Hub’ accessible by the entire project team. Through the Central Hub, information can be presented in a visual and engaging way, making it easier for community, industry and government to understand each step of the process and ensuring ongoing input and collaboration from all sectors of the industry, government and the community.

The impact

The Central Precinct renewal design focused on successful revitalisation of the surrounding urban neighbourhood through new public spaces as a key driver of urban regeneration.


    The over station development of Central Station will uncork access to Sydney’s CBD South, providing new economic benefits through easy access to a major transport hub connected to the bus, light rail and metro rail networks. The underground station development phase of the project also utilises Arcadis’ technical expertise to transform the connectivity of the city to the southwest, bringing efficiency to the commuting experience of public transport users without losing the character and history of Sydney’s most famous railway station. 

    Through digital innovations like the ‘Central Hub’ the needs of all stakeholders can be considered to achieve the regeneration of this landmark Sydney precinct creating a new sense of place anchored by a revitalised economic and transport hub for people living, working, studying and visiting Sydney’s CBD.

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