Ichor were appointed by Sydney Trains to deliver the heritage refurbishment and refresh works for the iconic stations: St James and Museum. The works involved French polishing of ticket windows and handrails, polishing of existing brass coin trays and ticket window grills, patching and restoration of heritage tiles, painting, cleaning, LED lighting upgrade and bathroom refurbishment. These state-significant stations share the historical title of being the first underground stations in Australia, demonstrating the adaptation of the London tube-style station to the Australian situation.
Both stations play an important part of the larger Sydney Harbour Bridge and the electrified City Underground Railway scheme and has associations with prominent persons such as JJC Bradfield, chief engineer and designer of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. In addition to this, St James Station in particular, encouraged the retail and commercial development of the Sydney CBD in the late 1920s and 1930s, with large department stores constructed around the station.
The entry awnings of both stations feature small-scale Inter-War Stripped Classical style buildings, they are the only type and style remaining in the city railway system.
The history, design and architectural values of both stations have been preserved and continue to stand as iconic landmarks for the Sydney municipality and the state of NSW.
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