Transport for NSW recently took a major step toward improving the accessibility of one of Sydney’s busiest train stations. Wynyard Walk is a new 180-metre underground portal that facilitates the flow of pedestrians between Wynyard Station and the heart of the Barangaroo waterfront precinct and ASPECT Studios played a key role in the creation of this vital new public space. Around 75,000 commuters currently travel to and from Wynyard Station each day and this is expected to grow to up to 110,000 over the next seven years. ASPECT’s Sydney Studio collaborated with Transport for NSW, Thiess and architecture practice Woods Bagot to create Wynyard Walk, which will promote the movement of an expected 20,000 people per hour during peak periods and improve accessibility for all. Central to the project was the overall concept of ‘flow’ which is evident in all of the project detailing from the tunnel cladding through paving to the bridge. Additionally more useable public space was created with Napoleon Plaza, an engaging new public space for Sydney at the corner of Napoleon and Kent streets which will see site-specific public art, seating and planting. The western abutment of the Plaza links directly to a new high-quality covered pedestrian bridge over Sussex Street. It forms a new link between Napoleon Plaza to Barangaroo, which is expected to be a destination for 23,000 workers and up to 33,000 visitors per day. Stair access and terraced gardens provide access for commuters and pedestrians to the Eastern abutment of Sussex Street. Sydney’s rich history is also referenced through the granite paving and solid granite stair treads with bronze inlays which mark the Sydney shoreline as it was in 1788. Ductile iron service covers and stainless steel handrails contrast smoothly with the stone paving and kerbs and sandstone block retaining walls have been repaired and extended to increase the planting areas. Wynyard Walk was recently opened by NSW Premier Mike Baird and Transport Minister Andrew Constance in a grand ribbon cutting ceremony. This new public space will improve pedestrian movement and enhance life in the city – now and in the future.
Wynyard Walk – Sydney’s transport infrastructure has just received a new benchmark.