Public Spaces

Client:State Rail Authority of NSW
Location:SRA Bus/Rail Interchange, Bondi Junction
Value:$7.4 million
Completion Date:July 2001
Project Overview:
The project involved the design and construction of a new transport interchange, linking the Bondi Junction train station and a new shopping/residential complex, within the ground floor shell of a newly constructed building by Meriton Apartments. A key feature of the interchange was an enclosed air conditioned, passenger lounge to provide safe and comfortable transit directly to buses. The lounge incorporated a retail outlet, information booth, passenger toilet amenities and ‘easy access’ features.

The design was required to meet stringent safety, accessibility and maintenance standards befitting a busy public space of this magnitude. Additionally, the interlinking of complex mechanical, electrical, security and transport infrastructure services were a first of their kind in Sydney and now act as a ‘blueprint’ for future similar SRA projects. In particular an innovative and pioneering system was developed to control the opening of each ‘bus pick-up door’, linked to the arrival of a bus at that particular door, thus limiting access to the bus driveway areas and further increasing the safety of the facility. Due to delays in commencing the project, Interco was required to accelerate an already tight programme. Notwithstanding this, handover was achieved in time to meet the official opening date.

Location:Olympic RendezVous@Samsung, Homebush
Value:$6.5 million
Completion Date:September 2000
Project Overview:
As part of Sydney Olympics, this project involved the temporary conversion and fitout of part of the ground level of carpark P3 and into the Athlete's Centre, including a recreational and rest area, bar and cafe. In addition, Samsung wanted an exhibition display space for their latest generation of mobile phone technology with a multi-level audio visual entertainment space setup internally.

Curved sail structures were erected around a paved area for public entertainment. Construction of the structures involved piling into a contaminated site and very carefully setting out the structure bases on the sloping site to maintain the radius of the curved sails.

The success of the faciltiy was demonstrated by its popularity during the Olympic Games. Upon completion of the Games, the entire facility was removed and the carpark reinstated to its former condition.

"Interco were responsible for procurement and all aspects of site management, including providing buildability and value management input. As the design had to be developed progressively as construction proceeded, and as there was an end date that had to be met regardless of circumstances, the task was particularly challenging. The Interco team rose to the challenges of this unique project, co-ordinated the installation of displays and handed over the fully completed project a few days before the big event. The popularity of the venue during the Olympic Games is direct evidence of the project's success."
Mr Phil Read, Woods Bagot (Architect)