The City of Sydney has released its vision for a “high-tech, green and people-friendly” precinct as part of the NSW government’s plan to redevelop central station into a tech hub.
Dubbed Central Square, the early concept plans earmark the transformation of former transport land to the western side of Sydney central station.
Following council endorsement of the initial design concepts, the City will now work with the state government and Transport for NSW.
Lord mayor Clover Moore said the Central Station public square was one of three major public spaces that would be connected by a “people-friendly spine” along George Street.
The precinct’s plans come a month after the state gave its approval for major increases to building heights for the planned ‘tech hub’ at Sydney central station, touted to rival the likes of Silicon Valley.
The state government-backed tech hub is expected to attract more than 25,000 workers to the precinct by 2025.
Transport infrastructure changes in the area include the new light rail and metro projects and the pedestrianisation of George Street.
The city says its plans are to create a cool, green and comfortable public space to be used both day and night.
“It’s an idea that will underpin Tech Central and give identity and space to the city as a whole,” Moore said of the public space.
Central Square will be designed with four connected spaces: lower square, upper square, railway square and the western walk.
The latter will include tree planting and a passage to replace the Devonshire Street tunnel. People will be able to walk between Central Station with a pedestrian crossing at George Street, Pitt Street and Quay Street.
While the upper square will connect through to Belmore Park.
City of Sydney is working with state government and Transport for NSW as the substantial landowner, on the Central Square project.