After the purchase of Mercure Parramatta for a speculated $40m, and with Four Points by Sheraton Parramatta set to open in 2018, Parramatta is in line to become a growth hub for investors seeking to move away from the tightly held CBD market, there is a strong interest continuing in the region as discussed by The Urban Developer who take a look at a number of developments currently shaping Parramatta’s CBD these include;
V by Crown brings to Parramatta a residential tower that balances functionality with comfort, history and understated elegance.
Transforming ParramattaComprising 30 floors of luxury residences atop a retail podium, V By Crown boasts contemporary design with a sleek glazed façade. The building unites with nearby Parramatta Heritage Parklands and the 200-year-old St John’s Church to create a unique sense of place in central Parramatta.
Bennelong Bridge – Sekisui House opened the $63 million Bennelong Bridge connecting the peninsula suburbs of Wentworth Point and Rhodes.
Construction on the bridge commenced in September 2014 and has taken approximately 20 months to complete. The bridge has now been dedicated to the NSW Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) as well as additional funding for future maintenance of the bridge.
Darling Mills, North Rocks – Darling Mills North Rocks fuses natural local features with sleek contemporary architecture, to deliver a residential complex designed by Candalepas Architects. The project offers five designer towers and six boutique terraces in a landmark enclave less than four kilometres from Parramatta’s CBD.
Promenade – This luxurious $525m riverside residential project by developer Starryland spans over 5 hectares and will comprise of 774 luxury 1,2 and 3 bedroom apartments across 11 towers, ranging from two to twelve storeys.
This resort style project is in a prime waterfront location in close proximity to the Parramatta CBD with stunning river, Parramatta CBD and district views. Promenade also includes an expansive 1.2 hectares of landscaped parkland and a private residents podium courtyard.
Parramatta Square Civic Building, A cutting-edge glass construction featuring a wave-shaped façade of crystalline blocks has been selected as the winning design for Parramatta Square’s landmark civic and community building.
A Design Excellence jury voted unanimously to award the international design competition to a consortium of French firm Manuelle Gautrand Architecture and Australian firms DesignInc and Lacoste + Stevenson.
The eye-catching design encapsulates and extends above the historic Town Hall with a cantilevered structure providing a platform for the Council Chambers. Core to the building design is a stack of transparent glass that gradually rises to the northeast with a large LED screen for public art projections. To read more click here.
The 9th International Urban Design Conference; Smart Cities for 21st Century Australia – How urban design innovation can change our cities will be held at Hyatt Canberra from 7th-8th November 2016 with optional tours available on Wednesday 9th November.
Registrations are now open. CLICK HERE to register for the Conference. Early bird closes 26th September 2016 so be quick to receive a discounted rate.
This years’ theme, will focus on an understanding of what makes a city ‘smart’ from a urban design perspective and how the built environment develops during the city planning process.
Authors or organisations interested in presenting at the 9th International Urban Design Conference are invited to submit an abstract. To submit an abstract CLICK HERE. Abstracts close 25th July 2016.