PARRAMATTA SQUARE'S TRANSFORMATION
The transformation of Parramatta Square which is well underway is a key project in Parramatta’s CBD. Plans for the redevelopment of the three-hectare block have been mooted for many years and the precinct was singled out as a key part of the future development of Sydney under plans put together by the Greater Sydney Commission.
Parramatta Square is a $2.8 billion project, led by Walker Corporation which broke ground in 2017. The purpose-built project will be home to six new state-of-the-art buildings, a refurbished Town Hall and extensive community space.
The site is bounded by Church Street Mall, Macquarie, Smith and Darcy Streets. The full demolition of the existing buildings across the site, including the council’s former administration building at 30 Darcy Street, were completed in early 2016.
When it’s completed in 2022, Parramatta Square will be an outdoor space for city residents, a place for office workers to mingle and enjoy lunch, a forecourt and public space for students, a community gathering space, and a dynamic entertainment area for events and festivals.
Commercial space taking shape
3 Parramatta Square
3 Parramatta Square, also called the NAB Centre, comprises 45,000 square metres of commercial space and was completed in April 2020. The A-Grade office tower features childcare facilities, a central atrium, three basement parking levels, a mezzanine level and ground floor podium with 412 square metres of retail space. Anchor tenant National Australia Bank (NAB) has a 12-year lease for the entire tower.
4 Parramatta Square
Also completed is 4 Parramatta Square with A-grade office accommodation taken up by multiple NSW Government tenants with 5,000 employees within the departments of Planning, Industry and Environment and Finance, Services and Innovation.
It also features a Business and Events Centre providing quality suites and flexible, functional event spaces to cater to the growing needs of tenants.
6 and 8 Parramatta Square
Earlier last year, the final two commercial towers were granted planning consent. To be known as 6 and 8 Parramatta Square, the two new office buildings will comprise 125,000 square metres of office space, making them Australia’s largest commercial building.
The 6 Parramatta Square tower will include an atrium that will allow for diverse and functional workspaces.
Learning space in operation
1 Parramatta Square, also known as 1PS, houses the $220 million Parramatta city campus for Western Sydney University which opened in 2017.
It’s home to 10,000 students from the School of Business. It is designed to promote close relationships with the business community, and has allowed the University to expand and leverage its research expertise.
The 15-storey building was developed in close collaboration with the University, which holds a 40-year lease to house its principal campus in the Parramatta CBD.
The other tenants of 1PS are Australia’s largest professional services firm, PwC, and government agency WaterNSW.
Civic space showcasing Green Star Design
5 Parramatta Square will be the new civic and community heart for the City of Parramatta and will extend above the historic Town Hall which will be preserved. The City commenced construction on its long-planned $130 million civic building at Parramatta Square earlier this year.
The six-storey civic centre will include 8,000 square metres of civic space while also featuring a large multi-coloured digital façade for public art projections.
The sustainably-focused cultural centre will target a 5-Star Green Star Design rating with features such as high thermal performance, energy-generating solar panels, and water harvesting and re-use systems planned.
It will also feature a community centre and library. The building is expected to open in April 2022 in line with the remaining Parramatta Square precinct.
Open space for the community to enjoy
Parramatta Square’s public space will be an appealing connection between the commercial, civic and education buildings that surround it and the thousands of residents, visitors and workers who will utilise the space every day.
The accessible 250-metre-long public esplanade will be completed in stages and is a key area within the City’s plan to transform its public spaces to support the projected 35,000 new residents by 2036 and 83,000 new workers by 2041.
Dining and retail providing 18-hour day service
Designed to provide an 18 hour a day, 7 day a week food and beverage precinct, Parramatta Square will incorporate a wide range of dining options.
When complete the precinct will include delis, grab-n-go, alfresco bistros, cafes and fine dining, with Westfield shopping centre just metres away via the underground pedestrian link. Westfield Parramatta is home to an expanding selection of top-tier retailers including some of the world’s best-known brands.
Among the first eateries to open was the popular burger restaurant Betty’s Burgers & Concrete Co. at Parramatta Square. The new outlet opened its door last July, celebrating its opening with a burger festival with a difference.
A key part of the Parramatta Square development is its transport connections.
Parramatta train station connects directly from the station to Parramatta Square via single-level access, with a bus interchange located above the station.
Once it’s operational in 2023, Stage One of the Parramatta Light Rail project will include a Parramatta Square stop. The 12 km Light Rail will connect the Parramatta CBD to Westmead and Carlingford.
Additionally, the City of Parramatta runs a free Parramatta Shuttle Bus around the CBD, including a bus stop within easy walking distance of Parramatta Square.
Parramatta Square is a key project for the commercial heart of Parramatta as well as education, civic life, and community. It’s estimated the precinct will house almost 24,000 professional workers, reflecting the city’s growing ability to attract highly educated talent in knowledge-based industries. Over 70 per cent of the commercial space is already leased with the rest expected to be leased by the time Parramatta Square is completed in 2022.