Artefact provided crucial heritage advice to Sydney Metro and its contractors on all stages of the development process from business case to construction. Services provided have included heritage assessment as part of planning approvals, heritage management plans to facilitate appropriate heritage conservation and mitigation, Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal archaeological excavation and management, heritage interpretation, design advice and salvage strategies and community consultation in relation to heritage finds.
Some of the heritage outcomes we are particularly proud of in our work with Sydney Metro are the excavations of the former Devonshire Street Cemetery at Central Station, and the subsequent consultation with the families of those whose remains were able to be identified. We have also worked with designers and Aboriginal artists on heritage interpretation installations at a number of stations. Artefact have assisted the client and contractors to navigate the complex State Significant Infrastructure planning approval process in regard to heritage.
The first tracks have been laid on the City & Southwest Metro, marking an important milestone in the delivery of Australia's biggest public transport infrastructure project.
Image credits: Top - laying track, left - visualisation of Sydenham Station, Sydney Metro