Firm: Ashurst (Sydney Metro)
Deal: Ashurst has advised Sydney Metro on its Lendlease contract for the design and building of North Sydney’s Victoria Cross Integrated Station development.
Area: Infrastructure, Transport
Key players: Ashurst’s team was led by infrastructure partners Olivia Lau and Lee McDonald. Assistance was provided by counsel Sarah Southall, senior associate Laura Hillhouse and associates Rhiannon Evans, Codie Gippel, Joshua Lee, Cameron Griffiths and Marya Atmeh.
The wider team included partners Krista Payne, Harvey Weaver, Rebecca Dixon and Andrew Deane, with assistance from counsels Ben Kipic and Melinda Harris. Senior associates Susannah Lace, Andrew Higgins, Montana Linkio, Melissa Molloy, and lawyers Brian So and Talia Lake were also involved.
Tax advice was provided by partner Barbara Phair, insurance aspects were advised on by partner Rehana Box, and partner Emanuel Poulos advised on insolvency matters.
Deal significance: The design and building of the Victoria Cross Integrated Station Development in North Sydney is in support of the Sydney Metro City Project, which, according to Ashurst, is Australia’s biggest public transport project.
The integrated station development project includes the design and construction of Victoria Cross metro station, a 230-metre commercial building overhead, as well as retail areas and a public plaza, according to a statement.
The Victoria Cross station will include bike parking, kiss and ride bays, wayfinding signage and Sydney Metro information, a traction substation, with enhanced pedestrian infrastructure still under undergoing investigation and consultation, the firm stated.
Works are due to commence early 2019, Ashurst said, with Sydney Metro services to start in 2024.