Sydney Metro stations to include office, residential and hotels
Sydney's city and northern skyline are to alter once more with the construction of an office, residential and possible hotel towers on top of the new Sydney Metro stations.
The new sites are part of the NSW government's $20 billion Sydney Metro scheme, which will deliver a new train network across the metropolitan area.
At Victoria Cross Station in Miller Street, North Sydney, there is one building, up to 40 storeys, with commercial offices and integrated retail on the ground level.
The Victoria Cross and Pitt Street stations have been chosen as locations where Sydney could replicate mass-transit-oriented developments such as Hudson Yards in New York and Paddington Station on London's Crossrail.
As the planning process only recently started, there are no details on who will develop, lease or occupy the commercial/retail site and hotel.
Commercial agents have said there is a shortage of hotel rooms and limited supply of new office space, due to the continual conversion to residential sites in the city and North Sydney.
Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance said: "This was a once-in-a-generation opportunity to revitalise Sydney for the future.
"Like metro stations around the world, stations on the new Sydney Metro system will be vibrant places and landmarks in their own right."
Sydney Metro program director Rodd Staples said work on the integrated designs could start while station construction was under way.
"Sydney Metro is more than just a world-scale public transport project – it's a defining city-building opportunity," Mr Staples said.
"This is an opportunity to build on the revitalisation Sydney Metro brings, creating truly landmark places and developments that showcase world's-best practice for transit-oriented developments."
Sydney Metro services start in the first half of 2019 on the Sydney Metro Northwest project, with metro rail to be extended in 2024 under Sydney Harbour, through the CBD and beyond to Bankstown.