Vision for a new public square at Tech Central

22 October 2020

A major new public square at Sydney’s Central station is one step closer, with the City of Sydney releasing its vision for a high-tech, green and people-friendly precinct.

Following Council endorsement of the initial design concepts, the City will now work with the NSW Government, including Transport for NSW as the substantial land owner, to bring its vision for Central Square to life.

The square will complement the NSW Government’s plans for Tech Central, a new technology and innovation precinct next to Central Station.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the NSW Government’s plan to redevelop Central Station and create a high tech precinct on former transport land gave the City an exciting opportunity to develop the new public square.

“This concept is an opportunity to realise our vision of a public square at Central Station as one of three major public spaces connected by a people-friendly spine along George Street,” the Lord Mayor said.

“It’s an idea that will underpin Tech Central and give identity and space to the city as a whole.

“With increasing numbers of workers and visitors expected in the area over the next 20 years, we need more safe and comfortable spaces for people.

“High quality public open space is essential for our global city and good for our economy, environment and wellbeing. By creating wonderful public spaces, we ensure Sydney is an attractive place for businesses, residents and visitors.”

The new technology and innovation precinct planned at Central is expected to bring an influx of workers to the area in the future. Central Square will attract new businesses to the precinct and support the area’s younger demographic.

Transport infrastructure changes in the area include the new light rail and metro projects and the pedestrianisation of George Street. These will reduce bus and car traffic, and allow more space for people walking along the major corridors leading to Central Square.

The City’s plans are to create a cool, green and comfortable public space to be used both day and night.

It is a space focused on youth, visitors, public transport users, university students and local workers. The plans also celebrate and build on the area’s unique heritage.

Central Square will be designed with four connected spaces:

“Central Square is part of our work to help the safe movement of people, create a vibrant 24/7 city and increase our sustainability by providing new green spaces,” the Lord Mayor said.

“The light rail and coming metro lines provide an excellent opportunity to remove heavy-flow traffic from this important precinct and create a wonderful space for people.

“We look forward to working with the NSW Government, including Transport for NSW as the substantial land owner, to realise the square and public connections.”

 

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Source:  City of Sydney - www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au

Date of Original:  23 September 2020

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