Wynyard Station was opened in 1932 as part of a network loop devised to service the city centre. Construction was undertaken as a complex cut and cover methodology, by first excavating and then re-building Wynyard Park on top. The station consists of a large single level, low height concourse, atypical of underground stations in the area and had been subject to numerous modifications over the decades.
Cox were engaged to transform Wynyard Station into a modern facility capable of meeting the demand of an expanding population. Through design we sought to celebrate the history of the site wherever possible. Wherever possible we revealed or matched the station’s original soffit and column structure, balustrades and handrails, and plasterwork; remnant parts of an elaborate dining room ceiling were revealed to the public after many years of concealment. A series of digital interpretative devices, including animated screens, share stories of the site. Suspended ceilings were removed to increase the perceived height and reveal more of the building’s structure.
The escalators were a major point of focus for the design. Extreme care was taken to replace the York Street escalators, which had been in continuous use for sixty years. The new escalators were adapted to include similar details such as timber infill panels. The substantial mid-20th Century machinery serving the former escalators was reassembled and is now displayed in a museum space below the new escalators. Chris Fox’s suspended sculpture, ‘Interloop’ was constructed from the salvaged timber treads of the old escalators and makes a significant contribution to the overall experience of the station.
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