Community to benefit from new civic facilities
Work on Parramatta Square continues to roll on, with Parramatta City Council and Alfasi Property Developments Pty Ltd lodging Development Applications (DA) with the Joint Regional Planning Panel (JRPP), and Council set to launch a design excellence competition for two additional commercial towers.
Designed by FJMT, the development is Stage Three of Parramatta Square, located at 153 Macquarie Street and will include new state-of-the-art, A-grade office and community facilities including a new library, community meeting rooms and Council chambers.
The DA plans are for a 16-level, 22000 square-metre commercial tower to be developed by Alfasi and a separate podium building to be developed by Parramatta City Council for its new civic building and library. In total, the development will have 7000 square metres of public facilities, opening out onto the public domain.
Lord Mayor of Parramatta, Cr John Chedid said he expected the DA for Stage Three to be approved later this year, with construction to commence early 2014.
“We’re confident we will be able to deliver these state-of-the-art facilities to the Parramatta community by late 2015,” Cr Chedid said.
“Our residents, workers and visitors can look forward to vibrant and contemporary spaces and high quality amenity.
“As part of Council’s $1.6 billion to $2 billion Parramatta Square development, Stage Three will contribute to helping the City realise its potential and bring economic, social and environmental benefits to Parramatta, Western Sydney and Greater Sydney.
“As the design evolves, Council will be going out to the local community to seek their input on how these new public facilities should look, feel and be used,” Cr Chedid said.
Parramatta Square is Council’s landmark urban renewal development that is set across three-hectares of Council-owned space and real estate in the heart of the Parramatta CBD. It will include generous public space, corporate centres, retail and dining options, new Council facilities, and strong connections to the Parramatta transport interchange.
A design competition for the two remaining commercial towers with gross floor area of up to 130,000 square metres will commence this month. The design competition will seek expressions of interest from international and national architectural firms from which four will be selected to prepare designs.
The design excellence competition for the remaining projects; the public domain and Stage Four, will commence later this year.
The DAs for the first two stages of Parramatta Square were lodged earlier this year. With Leighton Properties confirmed as developer for 169 Macquarie Street, the DA is expected to be approved this year, construction to commence by the end of the year and the development completed by late 2015.
The DA for a 90-storey mixed-use tower on the corner of Church and Darcy Streets is expected to be approved later this year.
Parramatta Square Stage Three forms part of Council’s program to revitalise its public assets, including a new operations centre in Rydalmere and a Discovery Centre by Parramatta River.
“The renewal of our public assets reflects Council’s commitment to delivering quality and efficient customer service to the community, operational efficiencies and facilities that will allow for expansion to meet the needs of our growing population,” Cr Chedid said.
Parramatta Square Stage Three facilities will include:
- Community meeting, activity rooms and Senior Leisure and Learning
- Customer contact centre for general, visitor and business information and development services
- Foyer to include café, concierge wireless lounge area and self-help services
- Technology or Innovation Centre
- Council Chambers
- Council Administration
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