Premier's Award for Public Service
– Winner: Building Infrastructure (as part of Novo Rail Alliance)
Consult Australia Awards for Excellence
– Gold: External Stakeholder Engagement
Property Council of Australia/Rider Levett Bucknall Innovation & Excellence Awards
– Finalist: Project Innovation (as part of Novo Rail Alliance)
Wynyard Station is one of the busiest in Sydney’s rail network. During summer, the station platforms are notorious for uncomfortable heat and humidity.
With control of the ambient conditions impossible, a localised cooling system projecting cooler air directly onto passengers was the best means to provide heat relief; a method tried in numerous locations worldwide with limited success.
Aurecon worked with the Novo Rail partners to establish a simulated environment in the station building, aided by virtual reality goggles to recreate a virtual Wynyard Station platform. This kind of simulation was a first of its kind and optimised high-quality and constructive feedback.
To ensure minimal disruptions and effectively communicate the project’s plans and benefits, the communication and engagement team created a bespoke approach using both traditional and digital communications to reach the many groups affected.