Rockdale Station and Interchange

DesignInc provided Architectural Consultancy for both the Station and Interchange under a guaranteed maximum price and time contract between our client Bovis Lend Lease, The Department of Transport and City Rail.

Rockdale Station is part of the Sydney metropolitan rail network, on the Illawarra Line, since it opened in 1884.
The brief for the station upgrade had 3 elements;

- an easy access upgrade of the station

- an upgrade of the interchange facilities

- a new commuter carpark.

The design aimed to enhance the station as a landmark structure & improve its role as an integral part of the town centre by providing a safe, pleasant, interesting station. We have worked with the existing fabric to retain the heritage buildings and produce architecture appropriate to the station’s function and its future. The design incorporates elements of the old in a contemporary manner: coloured lead lights derived from the windows of the historic concourse building, create the new southern facade that extends the concourse, and this colour treatment is carried over into the wind breaks of the new bus shelters. The new stainless steel cladding is reminiscent of the Bud profile used on two generations of Sydney trains, and the new structure follows the pattern of the existing riveted overbridge. Retail tenancies have been added to either side of the pedestrian concourse, to provide safety through passive observation, interest and a financial return to Sate Rail. The new simple skillion roofs added over the existing concourse were conceived to compliment the existing building, maintaining a visual break between the old and new using a glazing strip. The exposed steel structures that support the ‘glass gutter’ also reinforce the path of travel and allow natural light to flood the concourse interior.


New South Wales

Bovis Lend Lease, Department of Transport, City Rail