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One Parramatta Square + WSU Campus
Designed to achieve a 5 Star Green Star and 5 Star NABERS Energy Rating this A-Grade 13 storey office building is located at the north eastern corner of the new Parramatta Civic Precinct at the corner of Macquarie and Smith Streets. The design gives careful consideration to the treatment of the ground plane and the public spaces created around and under the building. Retail frontages, with a two storey colonnade space, activate Smith Street while to the west a new laneway is visually activated by passenger lifts servicing the building within a glass core. A small cafe tenancy provides retail presence on the north-south pedestrian link. The commercial lobby is located on the western side of the site and is directly accessible from Macquarie Street to the north where the triple height lobby is flanked by a timber screen on the east and glazed facade of the lift core on the west. Light is drawn into the centre of the building through a triangular atrium space which in turn creates a sense of community and a focus for communication and interaction. The work environment is dynamic and flexible and suits both open plan and cellular office fit outs and includes floorplates of 2145 m2 at podium level and 1250 m2 at high rise level. – Architectus
Parramatta Square is one of the largest urban renewal projects in Australia. It is set to transform Parramatta’s core into a vibrant mixed-use hub, accommodating a substantial new public domain with more than 240,000sqm of mixed-use development and new Council facilities. Located in the heart of the CBD, the three hectare site is set to reinforce Parramatta’s position as a dual CBD with the same status as the City of Sydney.
Parramatta City Council’s objectives for Parramatta Square are:
To showcase design excellence and environmental sustainability
To provide opportunities for future employment growth
To provide a civic centre via a defined row of commercial and civic towers north of the railway
To provide a gathering space and ceremonial centre for public use as well as civic events and recurrent cultural and community events
To provide opportunities for employment and services in premium office space, together with retail, hotel, apartment living and cultural and entertainment uses
To contribute to the City’s identity and its social and cultural life by becoming a showcase for innovative design in the heart of the CBD. Parramatta Square is gaining momentum with the new University of Western Sydney vertical campus already under construction as part of the first phase of the world-class development.
Stage 1 – 26,500m2
A $220.5 million commercial tower, which will be a new campus for 10,000 University of Western Sydney students.
An EOI to identify a preferred developer for the mixed-use residential tower, known as Aspire, was issued in September 2014
There are four shortlisted developers: Centurian Custodians, Dyldam, Leighton Properties and Walker Corp.
A preferred developer is expected to be appointed by mid-2015
Stage 3 – 26,000m2
Current Australia Post site. DA approved to demolish.
Slated for office space possible ground floor retail activation
Stage 4 – 5000m2
Concept design only at this stage. Office with ground floor retail activation
Vision for this space is still in progress
Stage 5 & 6 – 140,000m2
EOI to identify a preferred developer was issued in September 2014
Preferred developer to be selected mid-2015
Public Space Concept Designs On Exhibition
A winding stream that changes shape and form, areas of green open space and public art installations are among the features of a concept design for Parramatta Square’s public domain area which is now on public exhibition. Parramatta Square is equal in size to Martin Place, it will have the vibrancy of Pitt Street Mall with the unique architecture that sets Federation Square apart. It will change the way that people experience the heart of our great city.