New plans have been unveiled for an “iconic” $130 million civic and community centre in Parramatta — the last piece of a $3.2 billion CBD transformation in Sydney’s west.
Parramatta’s new civic, cultural and community centre, dubbed by the Mayor as the “beating heart of Parramatta”, will be the final addition to the new city centre.
The $130 million multipurpose six-storey building is expected to open in April 2022 and will coincide with the completion of the remaining Parramatta Square precinct, a 3-hectare mixed-use area aimed at revitalising Parramatta city centre with premium-grade office space and retail.
The new building was designed by French firm Manuelle Gautrand Architecture and Australian firms DesignInc and Lacoste + Stevenson following an international design competition.
City of Parramatta Lord Mayor Cr Andrew Wilson said the city’s Town Hall, constructed in 1885, will be integrated and accessible from the new 5 Parramatta Square development.
“I’m delighted to see Council’s long-term vision for one of Australia’s largest urban regeneration projects progressing and I look forward to watching 5 Parramatta Square go from concept to reality,” Wilson said.
The multipurpose building will be a dedicated community space and will include a state-of-the-art library, cafe, amphitheatre, council chambers, community meeting rooms and a “digital spire” at the top.
The masterplan project for Sydney’s second CBD also includes the University of Western Sydney campus, commercial buildings, 6,000sq m of public domain, located next to Parramatta train station and the future light rail stop on Macquarie Street.
Full article originally published in The Urban Developer August 15, 2019.