The stunning $220 million Parramatta 14-story City campus for Western Sydney University (WSU) was completed in 2016. It is home to 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students from the School of Business but also the professional services firm PriceWaterhouseCoopers and the Australian Government agency WaterNSW.
The striking campus building is the result of a City of Parramatta design competition won by leading architectural firm Architectus and is designed to promote close relationships with thought leaders and the business community, giving its students a unique learning experience and career opportunities.
The building’s distinct design includes sustainability features in its building design, construction and performance, as well as a triangular atrium to draw light into the building’s centre. The vertical campus offers a roof terrace with breakout areas and views to the north and east; and a triple-height lobby on Macquarie Street.
The CBD campus is home to approximately 10,000 students. It was 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, has also found a home in 1 Parramatta Square.
National Australia Bank (NAB) will be the sole occupant of this 17-storey glass tower with 412 square metres of prime retail space on its ground floor. Set for completion in 2020, its flexible office design sets a new benchmark for commercial architecture.
It is expected 3000 employees will occupy the 40,000 square metres of premium A-Grade commercial office space. Designed by acclaimed architectural firm Johnson Pilton Walker, the building will feature a glass façade and deliver A-Grade commercial office space, retail and childcare facilities.
A central atrium will draw natural light into the public areas and workspaces setting a new benchmark for commercial offices in Parramatta.
Soon to be the new home of 4000 NSW Government workers, this $300 million mixed-use development offers more than 62,000 square metres of A-Grade commercial space.It will accommodate the Department of Planning and Environment, Office of Environment and Heritage, Environment Protection Authority and Department of Finance, Services and Innovation.
The building will include a Business and Events Centre that will provide tenant suites and flexible, functional event spaces. 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.
Additionally, the tower will offer a direct connection from Parramatta train station to the public domain via a seamless single level access to the rest of the CBD, including the future Parramatta Light Rail stop on Macquarie Street.
During the 12 August 2019 meeting of the City of Parramatta Council approved approved the lodgement of a development application for Parramatta's new civic, community and cultural home at 5 Parramatta Square. The building will feature a new city library, publicly available meeting rooms and café integrated with the City’s historic Town Hall. The contemporary design will be sustainable and multipurpose enabling the community to meet, work, study and play. It is anticipated 5 Parramatta Square will be completed alongside the remainder of the Parramatta Square precinct in April 2022.
Designed by multiple award-winning architects Johnson Pilton Walker, the final 2 commercial towers in the Parramatta Square precinct are in development and will become a new model for commercial development, balancing civic responsibilities and corporate leadership. 6 and 8 Parramatta Square will provide a combined 124,000 square metres of commercial floor space over 50 storeys (27 and 55). It’s set to become Australia's biggest office tower and will feature panoramic views toward the Eastern CBD and Blue Mountains. 6 Parramatta Square's lobby will offer panoramic views over the public domain. The building includes extensive floor plates from 2,800 to 3,100 sqm, allowing for a diverse and functional workplace. 6 Parramatta Square is expected to be completed in 2021. 8 Parramatta Square is expected to be complete in 2022.
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 also be home to a new civic and community building for the City of Parramatta. Its design will incorporate many smart city principles that enable the best of the world’s cities to run efficiently and seamlessly to improve public amenity.
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 of the site in Australia’s earliest and ongoing history.
The public domain will be completed in stages and is the centrepiece of Council’s plan to transform its public spaces to support the projected 35,000 new residents by 2036 and 83,000 new workers by 2041.