Urban development experts have created a bold vision of what Parramatta will look like in 2036.
The most striking design for Parramatta includes the eel-shaped buildings in homage to NRL team the Parramatta Eels.
The Urban Taskforce’s vision for the Parramatta CBD reflects the incredible growth the city will see in the next 20 years.
The suburb’s population is projected to increase by 58% in the next 17 years, going from 35,149 to 55,598 in 2036.
Western Sydney Business Chamber executive director David Borger said the designs reflect a big investment in the western CBD.
“I think we should be ambitious for our architecture; we want designers who are prepared to take risks and developers who are willing to back them,” Mr Borger said.
“We don’t want to be Dallas on the cheap. We want to be a memorable place.”
“With the confidence in Parramatta now you are going to see very tall building volumes and hopefully great quality architecture as well.”
The NAB and thousands of NSW public servants are moving to Parramatta as part of the $2.7 billion Parramatta Square development by Walker Corporation.
More than 300,000 new jobs will be created by 2036 in the corridor between Greater Parramatta and central Sydney at places like the Parramatta CBD, Sydney Olympic Park and the Bays Precinct.
Jobs growth will be driven by the Sydney Metro West rail project that will link these areas. Construction starts next year.
Parramatta city is also booming thanks to the new 30,000-seat Bankwest Stadium.
“Parramatta is fast becoming a real city as a series of tall buildings are getting approved that include jobs in commercial buildings as well as residents in apartment buildings,” Urban Taskforce CEO Chris Johnson said.
“The NSW Government is also moving the Powerhouse Museum to Parramatta and a new football stadium has recently opened.”
The images have prompted Parramatta Lord Mayor Andrew Wilson to call on the state government to return planning powers to local councils.
He said visions like this area great because there are “less boxes”.
“It is a pipe dream until someone puts money in to build it,” he said.
He said while all big buildings are subject to a design competition, that competition only applies to that one building at a time.
“If we were given power by the state government we would have international design competitions to co-ordinate taste throughout the city,” he said.
Full article originally published in The Daily Telegraph July 20, 2019.