Banner Image: An artist’s impression of Waterloo metro station’s southern entrance from the Cope Street plaza. Courtesy of John Holland Group
Our multidisciplinary team is helping to deliver an integrated station development in Sydney, known as the Waterloo Metro Quarter, which will comprise two high-rise and two mid-rise buildings constructed above and next to the new Waterloo Station.
The project aims to revitalise the Waterloo area by providing the community with commercial and residential spaces, including affordable and social housing and student accommodation, as well as public plazas off Cope and Raglan streets.
The station design is targeting a 5 Star Green Star rating.
Overcoming Complex Design Challenges
The station is being designed for durability with a design life of 30 years on all services. Our team is undertaking a range of Future Ready design approaches that respond to future trends, including design considerations for climate adaptation, temperature and flooding, along with robust blast requirements for the security of passengers, and operations and maintenance.
Overcoming the complexities of designing buildings to be constructed over a station has required substantial coordination with the broader tunnel and station systems design teams, to enable integration of the below ground station interface.
In line with the customer-centric design of the station, our mechanical engineers are using the computer modelling and ASHRAE acceptability ratings to achieve optimum thermal comfort levels.
Michael Boy, WSP’s Mechanical Engineer explains the significance of the thermal levels. “The station design will provide station customers with a high level of thermal comfort in summer. This will ensure a comfortable transition as people move from outdoors, down to the concourse level and onwards to the platform where they will board the air-conditioned train en route to their next destination.”
An artist’s impression of the Waterloo metro station’s northern entrance at the corner of Cope and Raglan streets. Courtesy of John Holland Group.
Activating the Public Realm
A key feature of the Waterloo Metro Quarter will be the activation of the public realm for the enjoyment of the local community.
Our pedestrian modelling and civil engineers are introducing a range of initiatives to improve accessibility for pedestrians and cyclists. These include reducing traffic to 40 kilometres an hour, removing a roundabout, creating a new bike lane and providing bike storage at the station.
Two new public plazas off Cope and Raglan streets will boast flourishing greenery, along with public amenities, such as seating and retail outlets.
Our specialist lighting design team is working closely with the landscape architects on the lighting design for the public realm, that will support wayfinding and the ambience of the space.