Sydney’s monorail will be pulled down after 20 years of operation as it was generally felt by government that its use-by date had arrived. The contract to remove the monorail is currently being tendered.
The monorail was a controversial project that was not integrated with Sydney's wider public transport network and was never truly embraced by the community. Its removal also removes any constraints on the proposed new convention centre development in Darling Harbour of which Waterman Sydney has also provided consulting engineering services to one of the bid teams.
Waterman will provide lead consultant, structural, civil and building services advice in relation to the removal project, which also includes track, workshops, stations that interact with various buildings and associated works. Waterman is required to appoint architectural and urban planners as part of the delivery team.
Waterman Sydney associate director Godfrey Frederick said: “It’s a great job for Waterman to have won due to its high profile nature, its impact on the Sydney skyline and the numerous engineering challenges associated with the removal. It also has a positive impact on future major developments in Darling Harbour.”