Parramatta Square, Australia, 2020

PS is a $2 billion development within a three-hectare precinct in the heart of Sydney’s second city, and is one of the largest and fastest growing urban transformation projects areas in Australia at present.

The NSW state government has committed $10 billion to infrastructure investment for Parramatta and Western Sydney, including the new $1 billion Light Rail network, meaning Parramatta will become the ‘New Central’ with integrated roads, rail, light rail, buses and ferry services.

Parramatta Square is located at the centre of new transport interchange and is being tipped as a destination of the future, with this urban renewal project aiming to to inject added vitality and vibrancy into its CBD.

The precinct will feature more than 20,000 square metres of vividly crafted public space, surrounded by new innovatively designed buildings.

The combined projects are expected to be completed by 2019.

These include:

1 Parramatta Square – the new flagship UWS campus due to be completed in early 2017. Consists of a breathtaking vaulted atrium with a spacious rooftop terrace offering exceptional views. Designed by Architectus.

3 Parramatta Square – contemporary commercial offices designed by JPW, with the largest floorplates across the precinct at 2700sqm aimed to provide flexible working environments for both larger companies and smaller start-ups.

4 & 6 Parramatta Square – Dual A-Grade commercial towers with a combined net lettable area (NLA) of 110,000sqm, as well as 7000sqm of retail space across three podium levels. Both towers offer a wide range of services and facilities to the premium office space and have been designed by JPW with the latest green technologies available to ensure energy efficiency.

5 Parramatta Square – City council’s community and civic space iconic building consists of a cutting-edge glass wave-shaped façade of crystalline blocks. The use of glass extending over the historic town hall showcases the transparency and inviting nature of the community’s prime civic space. It has been designed in consortium by DesignInc, Lacoste + Stevenson and Manuelle Gautrand Architecture.

8 Parramatta Square – The Aspire Tower – The winning design by Bates Smart consists of a curvilinear form atop a rectilinear podium, and the proposed 90 storeys would make the Aspire tower the tallest residential building in Sydney at 336 metres, featuring indoor gardens, retail space, 700 apartments and a 150-room hotel. It will have the highest viewing platform in Australia, boasting expansive views of Sydney’s CBD to the east and the Blue Mountains to the west.