Crows Nest Station Design
Crows Nest station is part of the Sydney Metro, Australia’s biggest public transport project, revolutionising Sydney’s transport network and enabling the long-term growth of Sydney’s rail network.

Crow’s Nest Station is an underground station which is part of the Sydney Metro City & Southwest project. Located approximately 6km north of Sydney’s CBD, the area is a growing commercial and residential precinct.


As we plan for medium and high-density urban environments that meet future population demands, suburbs like Crows Nest will be at the forefront due to their proximity to central business areas. The challenge is to incorporate sustainability and environmentally resilient features into infrastructure.


Implemented innovative engineering

SMEC was the lead consultant on the Crows Nest Design Consortium (CNDC), in partnership with Woods Bagot, Robert Bird Group, Norman Disney Young, and Oculus. CNDC provided design and technical services and were the service provider for the delivery of Design Stage 2, Stage 3 and Stage 1 primary structures.


The design team implemented innovative engineering with the use of a pre-cast concrete beam structural solution which allowed for quicker construction times which in turn meant no formwork interference at platform level. Also, to minimise materials consumption and waste generation during the construction phase, SMEC developed an operational waste management plan to leave a legacy of sustainable practices from design and construction and into operations.

annual modelled energy consumption reduction
reduction in potable water consumption
reduction in construction phase greenhouse gas emissions
These achievements are a testament to how a shared commitment to innovation and sustainability on a major infrastructure project can be translated into exemplary action and outcomes,” says Sav Dell’Aquila. “Crows Nest Station and the wider Sydney Metro project will revolutionise Sydney’s transport network, building for the future growth and liveability of Australia’s most populated city.”
———— Sav Dell’Aquila SMEC’s Principal Project Manager who is lead the Crows Nest Station project

Revolutionising Sydney’s transport network

Crows Nest station is part of the Sydney Metro, Australia’s biggest public transport project which in 2024 will include 31 metro stations, revolutionising Sydney’s transport network. The project aims to enable the long-term growth of Sydney’s rail network, supporting improved travel times, reliability, and integration with other transport options including bus and cycling networks.

By challenging conventional practices and using innovative techniques and technology, the team were able to deliver a design that is not only sustainable but also delivers construction cost savings and improved commuter experience. The design methodology for the station was also able to inform future station designs, providing additional, long-term value to our client.

A collaborative challenge

A collaborative challenge

SMEC was awarded the contract to provide Construction Phase Services (CPS), post-submission of our design in 2020. SMEC continues to lead the multidisciplinary Crows Nest Design Consortium (CNDC) with CPS completion expected in 2024.

The CPS milestone phase signals the transition from design conception to tangible reality, yet it also presents a variety of project challenges. SMEC, alongside our consortium partners, are working together in a dedicated Sydney Metro project office, to foster productive collaboration amongst disciplines and stakeholders, facilitating the delivery and resolution of these project challenges.

In keeping with Sydney Metro’s vision of building a world-class metro, our design is both architecturally pleasing and constructible.  SMEC and our consultants continue to collaborate and provide solutions during CPS for all stakeholders.



“Throughout the CPS phase, SMEC and our partners have focused on resolving all necessary project specifications and quality standards with the Contractor, ensuring a smooth works progression according to the program.” – Michael Paice, Principal Project Manager - IV & Construction Services
———— Michael Paice, Principal Project Manager - IV & Construction Services


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