Parramatta Light Rail Reference Design
Transport for New South Wales (TfNSW)
Architectus and Arup were appointed to the Technical Advisor role for the Definition Design phase of the Parramatta Light Rail project.
Architectus was responsible for contributing urban design and planning advice as part of the multi-criteria assessment (MCA) of 14 different route options. The team developed a targeted set of urban design assessment criteria in collaboration with TfNSW that could be used to critically compare the route options to each other. Through an exhaustive process of data collection, site visits, GIS mapping and collaborative workshops the team worked through the options and criteria to document a definitive and evidence-based recommendation on the preferred light rail route.
Following the work undertaken for the MCA stage of the project, the team entered the optioneering project phase. As the engineering (road and rail alignment) for the project rapidly progressed, the team investigated and made recommendations for the best possible urban design outcomes at multiple key locations and stops.
Studies included testing how the light rail might interface with key interchanges and public realm in Parramatta’s CBD as well as future development precincts. These studies helped to facilitate key stakeholder engagements and draw out critical issues for discussion and design resolution.
Architectus developed urban design, architectural and landscape strategies for Stage 1 of the Paramatta Light Rail, including documenting specific urban design outcomes for the length of the route in collaboration with TfNSW and its key stakeholders (particularly Parramatta City Council).
The team continues to apply the knowledge and experience gained on this and previous light rail and large infrastructure projects to design and document the definition design as part of a comprehensive Urban Design Handbook that will guide the tender and future implementation stages of the project.