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The heritage-listed Sydney Terminal Building at Central Station will receive a $350 million facelift, restoring one of Sydney’s signature sandstone buildings to its former glory.


The works will breathe new life into the Grand Concourse, the Booking Hall, Eddy Plaza, Western Forecourt, and Central Electric Building.

Alongside the station revamp, the Government is also revitalising Eddy Avenue by supporting 15 new pop-up retailers ahead of major renovations of the public plaza, which accessed 70,000 visitors every week.

Minister for Cities Rob Stokes said the initiatives would bring Sydney’s history back to life and activate spaces that are currently sitting vacant.


“We have a vision to turn Central into Sydney’s centrepiece and the first stage of that is pressing ahead with the renewal of one of Sydney’s historic landmark buildings,” Mr Stokes said.


“We’re going back to the future with the magnificent Grand Concourse by reinstating long forgotten views of the heritage clocktower through new glass panels, just as they were when Central Station first opened.


“By restoring the original 19th century features of the Sydney Terminal Building, we’re opening it up for 21st century opportunities that will make it a destination in its own right, not just a place for people to travel through.


“These works will attract new retailers, just as we’ve seen along Eddy Avenue with Central Station’s first cinema, a pizza and gin bar and even a recording studio.”


The Eddy Avenue activation will:

  • introduce 15 pop up tenancies to the vacant shops along Eddy Ave and Eddy Plaza;
  • install pop-up cultural activities including a cinema and event space;
  • enhance the public domain with landscaping and outdoor furniture; and
  • support the area and existing tenants with events and activations.


TAHE CEO Benedicte Colin said this was a once-in-a-generation transformation of one of Australia’s most historic transport hubs.


“Forget what you know about Central. This project is going to turn the station into a global, modern destination with exciting retail, bar and dining options, better outdoor spaces for travellers to unwind while improving accessibility options to the station,” Ms Colin said.

“We want to shift perceptions about what Central can offer residents and visitors to Sydney and we’re thrilled with the new pop-up venues at EDDY.”


Members of the public are invited to have their say on the proposal from Friday November 25 until Monday 12 December 2022 at 5pm.


For more information about the Central Precinct Renewal Program go to

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