Vital connection

James
Thursday 02 Sep 2010

New expansion provides better connectivity for Sydney

The Epping to Chatswood Rail Link is a AUD $2.35 billion expansion of the Metropolitan rail network in Sydney, Australia, with world class underground stations at Epping, Macquarie University, Macquarie Park and North Ryde. The project was completed in 2009 and is one of the most significant national construction projects of all time.

The ECRL stations connect to dormitory suburbs in Sydney’s west and north-west, providing projected capacity of an additional 12,000 rail passengers a day. They serve existing high technology, commercial office, educational and retail centres and act as catalysts for urban redevelopment along the strategic ‘global arc’ employment corridor.

Signature entry pavilions establish the project identity. Draped in glass louvres they welcome, shelter and direct passengers, they capture light by day and beckon at night. They breathe as the stations breathe, a naturally ventilated solution that minimises costs and enhances amenity. Inside, the air is clean, the temperature mild and the acoustics crisp.

The organisation of the underground stations is simple and legible; a sequence of spaces which calibrate the journey into another realm. A dramatic entrance cavern, augmented by deep penetration of natural light and unambiguous circulation, generates a sense of calm, clarity and timelessness befitting the stations importance as a contemporary public building.

The design presents a new sustainable type with ticketing, amenities and management located deep underground, enabling a single employee to manage the station from one central location. The station livery presents as a refined industrial language appropriate to its time and place.The stations have a 100 year design life and are an important investment in Sydney’s future.

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