The stunning $220 million Parramatta city campus for Western Sydney University (WSU) is the new home for students from the School of Business.
The striking campus building is the result of a City of Parramatta Council design competition won by leading architectural firm Architectus.
Designed to achieve a 5 Star Green Star rating for sustainable building design, construction and/or performance, distinct features of the vertical campus include a triangular atrium to draw light into the building’s centre, a roof terrace with breakout areas and views to the north and east; and a triple-height lobby on the Macquarie Street side, flanked by a timber screen and the glass façade of an elevator.
The CBD campus is designed to promote close relationships with the business community, enabling WSU to expand and leverage its research expertise, and expose students to unique learning and career opportunities.
WSU has partnered with PWC, one of the largest professional services firms in Australia, to locate about 200 staff at the campus. In addition, WaterNSW, Australia’s largest water supplier, also plan to move to 1 Parramatta Square by the end of 2017.
National Australia Bank has confirmed plans to relocate approximately 3,000 workers to the commercial tower at 3 Parramatta Square from 2020.
The 16-level, 3 Parramatta Square building will set a new benchmark for commercial offices in Parramatta.
Designed by acclaimed architectural firm Johnson Pilton Walker, the building will feature one of the largest floorplates across the precinct, delivering A-Grade commercial office space, retail and childcare facilities. A central atrium will draw natural light into the public areas and workspaces.
The twin commercial towers by award-winning architectural firm Johnson Pilton Walker – striking in their presence and stature on Parramatta Square – will redefine office life for the digital age.
The towers will include tenant suites, an auditorium and conferencing space, childcare facilities, and a commercial catering kitchen.
The retail element will incorporate a range of dining options – from cafes to fine dining - that will flow out onto the public domain and activate the outdoor space.
The State Government has announced it will lease 62,000sqm of A-Grade office space in 4 Parramatta Square. The building will accommodate 4,000 public service roles, including the Department of Planning and Environment, Office of Environment and Heritage, Environment Protection Authority and Department of Finance, Services and Innovation.
The new civic and community building for City of Parramatta Council is sure to become a must-see destination for visitors to Parramatta.
Designed by an international consortium of French firm Manuelle Gautrand Architecture and Australian firms DesignInc and Lacoste + Stevenson, the project will cover six storeys, encapsulating and extending above the historic Town Hall with a cantilevered structure providing a platform for the Council Chambers.
Core to the design is also a stack of transparent glass that gradually rises to the north-east with a large LED screen for public art projections.
Council’s detailed community engagement processes have helped inform the interior design for this inspirational and innovative new building.
As a result, 5 Parramatta Square has been deliberately designed to be efficient, flexible and dynamic - capable of adapting for a range of uses. Just some of the spaces to be included will be a library, roof garden, visitor experience centre and versatile meeting and function rooms.
The transparent nature of this unique design is a key element that sets it apart from its neighbours on Parramatta Square, and is a reflection of Council’s desire to create a civic space that is engaging, functional, connected, innovative, and truly built for the people.
5 Parramatta Square is expected to be delivered in 2020.
With a groundswell of demand for A-grade commercial space in the CBD, City of Parramatta Council has voted to allow developer Walker Corporation to put forward a commercial building option for the proposed 243-metre Aspire Tower at 8 Parramatta Square.
The revised approach would allow the lower floor plates of 8 Parramatta Square to link with the adjoining A-grade commercial building at 6 Parramatta Square, also to be developed by Walker Corporation. It’s expected this will create a combined lettable area of 122,000 square metres, bringing the total commercial development in Parramatta Square to 250,000 square metres of prime A-grade office space.
Parramatta Square’s public space will be a lively and engaging connection between the world-class buildings that surround it. It will also be an important gathering place, destination and transit area for the many people who move through Parramatta on a daily basis.
To be used by thousands of residents, visitors and workers every day, the public domain will not only be home to a new state-of-the-art library and civic centre, but its design will incorporate many smart city principles that enable the best of the world’s cities to run efficiently and seamlessly to improve the daily experience.
Archaeological digs across the site have revealed important remnants of Parramatta’s First Australian and European heritage. These will be captured through a range of interpretations and references throughout the precinct, acknowledging the role the site of Parramatta Square played in Australia’s earliest and ongoing history.
Community feedback has been integral to enhancing initial design plans, resulting in the current Parramatta Square Public Domain Reference Design. City of Parramatta Council will now move ahead with seeking approvals on this proposed design.