The Newcastle region is rapidly changing as it transitions from a traditional blue-collar city to a modern, tech savvy urban centre.


  • New South Wales, Australia

On the back of prosperous economic times, WSP has been at the forefront of strengthening the local area and its precincts as part of a three-pronged development strategy including the City of Newcastle’s Economic Development Strategy and Smart City Strategy (2017-2021) and the NSW Government’s Revitalising Newcastle strategy.



Newcastle Smart City Strategy

The City of Newcastle engaged WSP Australia to co-design and implement a Smart City Intelligent Platform to complement the city’s national award-winning Newcastle Smart City Strategy 2017 - 2021.


A pioneer project in Australia, the state-of-the-art Intelligent Platform will integrate, consolidate and manage data from a wide range of IoT devices, systems, and citywide sources to enhance the productivity of city services, better connect citizens with timely information, and facilitate advanced data analytics. Designed to avoid data silos which often hamper Smart City initiatives, the Intelligent Platform promotes integrated data and services which will drive productivity and resource management with direct benefits to the City and its citizens.


For Newcastle, the outcome of this project will mean a smarter and more innovative region capable of maximising opportunities in sectors including technology, advanced manufacturing, the digital economy and the creative industries.


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Newcastle Light Rail

Completed in 2019, the Newcastle Light Rail connects key activity precincts in the CBD along a 2.7km line.


Aiming to grow the region into a global gateway for economic activity, WSP was engaged in 2014 as part of a joint venture team with Downer and Transport for NSW to deliver the project.


The award winning development introduced several innovations. These included:

  • Becoming the first catenary-free or ‘wire free’ system in Australia
  • Becoming the first Asset Information Management System developed in NSW
  • As one of the first light rail systems interacting with road users in NSW, the team explored national and international standards.


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Services: Transit Oriented Development, Road Asset Management and Network Optimisation, Rail Engineering, Transport Advisory, Visualisation, Urban Regeneration, Geographic Information Systems, Rail Planning, Virtual Reality.


Image courtesy of Newcastle Light Rail project.


Image courtesy of raygun photography.

Newcastle Courthouse

The Newcastle Courthouse located within Newcastle’s main civic precinct, was viewed as an important part of Newcastle’s revitalization.


Completed in 2015, WSP played an important role in replacing the existing Courthouse with a modern and functional facility to meet the city’s growing needs.


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Services: Specialist Lighting Design, Fire Safety, Mechanical, Electrical and HVAC.

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