Central Station Blueprint

Economic Assessment

HillPDA was commissioned to undertake an economic study as part of a broader suite of studies and research to inform the preparation of a Blueprint that puts the ‘Grand’ back into Sydney’s Central Station.

The preparation of the Blueprint was co-ordinated by Transport for NSW, with input from architectural, urban design, planning, transport, heritage and cost experts. This Stage 1 Study formed the economic component of the inputs, providing practical yet visionary economic inputs from a land economics perspective.

Our value add

In order to inform the Study, HillPDA undertook a series of research steps as follows:

  • A review of relevant past documentation and Government policy
  • A case study review to identify best practice approaches and lessons learnt
  • A review of the study area to identify key opportunities for economic growth and change
  • Liaison with key stakeholders to better understand market factors objectives and constraints
  • The identification key opportunities for change and economic outcomes.


To provide practical economic inputs to the Central Station Blueprint HillPDA reported back on the following:

  • How it would influence the property market
  • How it would influence retail demand
  • What lessons we learnt from the precedents
  • What it all meant for Central Station

HillPDA identified the demand potential and 10 key directions that maybe used as inputs to the next stage of developing the Blueprint.


  • Market research
  • Stakeholder consultattion
  • EstateMaster feasibility modelling

Client: Transport for NSW
Project date: 2014


For more information, contact Virginia Phillips, Associate