The Powerhouse Museum has welcomed news that Lendlease has been awarded the contract to deliver Western Sydney’s first Cultural Institution – Powerhouse Parramatta.
Lendlease will build the Moreau Kusunoki Genton designed museum, which will be the largest in NSW with over 18,000 square metres of exhibition and public space.
Lendlease will deliver a 6 Star Green Star rated building that includes expansive exhibition spaces including the largest column-free space in Australia.
Designed to be flexible, Powerhouse Parramatta will enable a dynamic and changing program for visitors with more than 2 million visitors expected in the first year of operation.
A feature of Powerhouse Parramatta will be The Academy which will support thousands of students from across regional NSW and Greater Sydney to stay at the museum and engage with immersive science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) education programs.
Situated on the banks of the Parramatta River, Powerhouse Parramatta will be exceptionally well connected to public transport including the metro, light rail, ferries and bus services, and will form the cultural anchor of the Parramatta Civic Link which is currently in development.
Trust President, Peter Collins AM QC said:
“I’m delighted that Lendlease will be working with the Powerhouse and Infrastructure NSW to deliver Powerhouse Parramatta – our extraordinary new flagship that will have generational impact for our communities and audiences.” said Mr Collins.
“This museum will be at the leading edge of contemporary thinking and new technology and we are proud to be embedding zero net carbon into our operations alongside our shared commitment with the NSW Government on a 6 Star Green Star rating.
Powerhouse Chief Executive Lisa Havilah said:
“With the appointment of our partner Lendlease, Western Sydney’s long-awaited NSW Cultural Institution will become a reality,” said Ms Havilah.
“Powerhouse Parramatta will redefine the cultural landscape of Greater Sydney, NSW and Australia and the Powerhouse team and I are looking forward to collaborating with our communities, industry as well as our many partners as we embark on the construction of this remarkable building.”