Sydney Central Station to get $350 million makeover

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A long strip of glass panels in the roof above the Great Hall at Sydney Central Station will be the centerpiece of a $350 million renovation of the main building that aims to turn the transport hub into a destination in its own right.

Modeled on St Louis’s Union Station in the US, the grand dame of Sydney’s sprawling rail network – Central’s sandstone terminal building – will undergo a major facelift over the next three years, part of which will involve revitalizing the area immediately surrounding it.

An artist's impression of the glass panels in the roof over the central station's main hall.

An artist’s impression of the glass panels in the roof over the central station’s main hall.Credit:NSW Government

The plans for Eddy Avenue – at the north end of the station – include the opening of 15 pop-up outlets in vacant shops along the strip and Eddy Plaza, which forms the main entrance to Central from nearby Belmore Park. A pop-up cinema for around 80 people will also be opened within the next two weeks in a bid to rejuvenate the area.

Infrastructure and Cities Minister Rob Stokes said the installation of glass panels in the roof above the grand entrance adjacent to the main building would restore long-forgotten views of the historic clock tower and natural light.

“Over time, there have been so many ad hoc and incremental changes. [The project is] about restoring the glass [and] to bring back the lights, which will only highlight all the extraordinary heritage of the station,” he said. “We want to make it a real destination.”

He cited a royal commission in 1907 that found the station cut off from the rest of the city.

“We want to fix that. We have a vision to make Central the centerpiece of Sydney, and the first phase of that is pushing forward with the regeneration of one of Sydney’s historic landmark buildings,” he said.

Minister for Infrastructure and Cities, Rob Stokes, atop the Central Station clock tower.

Minister for Infrastructure and Cities, Rob Stokes, atop the Central Station clock tower.Credit:Dean Sewell

The government is seeking planning permission for the restoration of the terminal building by the middle of next year and expects the work to be completed by 2026, in time for its 120th anniversary. As part of the plans, two additional escalators will be put in to improve access to Eddy Avenue and the plaza, and a historic loading dock will be turned into a marketplace.

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