At its heart is a new Metro station at Martin Place, owned and operated by the NSW Government, that will become one of the busiest public transport hubs in Sydney. In addition to the station, the precinct will include an underground public walkway below Macquarie’s 50 Martin Place headquarters, and ~100,000sqm of office and retail accommodation across two commercial buildings.
Working with leading architects, Macquarie’s design for the precinct includes features such as greater access to natural light – including down to the platform level – and an underground walkway below the heritage-listed 50 Martin Place, where Macquarie’s global headquarters is located.
More than 2,500 jobs will be created during the construction phase of the project. Macquarie and its design and construction partner Lendlease have committed to workforce diversity.
Martin Place is anticipated to become one of the busiest transport interchanges in Sydney. To accommodate this, the design has been informed by the world’s leading integrated transport-based public precincts, such as New York’s World Trade Centre station and Hong Kong’s International Finance Centre. Most importantly, the design has been influenced by the City of Sydney’s Sustainable Sydney 2030 plan, which details what Sydneysiders want from their city, including (but not limited to) a place that respects diversity and offers vibrant culture and entertainment.
The two commercial buildings that will rise above the site have been designed to achieve the highest possible sustainability credentials – the Green Building Council of Australia’s Design and As Built 6 Star Green Star rating. Features will include the capture and re-use of rain water, landscaping and greening throughout the public spaces, implementing smart technology and maximising natural light throughout the journey from platform level.
“We recognise that we have been entrusted by the NSW Government to deliver a public precinct that is important to the state’s public transport strategy, located in one of the most significant civic and cultural hubs in the state. We take the responsibilities of this once-in-a-generation opportunity seriously, and are committed to delivering a transport-led destination that is customer-centric, inclusive and additive to the ongoing renewal of Martin Place.”
John Pickhaver, Co-Head of Macquarie Capital, Australia and New Zealand