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Old September 10th, 2013, 03:52 PM   #21
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Council media release. Juicy bits in bold. Mayor wants approval for 153 Macquarie to be given by years end. I doubt they will get it by then.

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Community to benefit from new civic facilities
10 Sep 2013

Work on Parramatta Square continues to roll on, with Parramatta City Council and Alfasi Property Developments Pty Ltd lodging Development Applications (DA) with the Joint Regional Planning Panel (JRPP), and Council set to launch a design excellence competition for two additional commercial towers.

Designed by FJMT, the development is Stage Three of Parramatta Square, located at 153 Macquarie Street and will include new state-of-the-art, A-grade office and community facilities including a new library, community meeting rooms and Council chambers.

The DA plans are for a 16-level, 22000 square-metre commercial tower to be developed by Alfasi and a separate podium building to be developed by Parramatta City Council for its new civic building and library. In total, the development will have 7000 square metres of public facilities, opening out onto the public domain.

Lord Mayor of Parramatta, Cr John Chedid said he expected the DA for Stage Three to be approved later this year, with construction to commence early 2014.

"We're confident we will be able to deliver these state-of-the-art facilities to the Parramatta community by late 2015," Cr Chedid said.


"Our residents, workers and visitors can look forward to vibrant and contemporary spaces and high quality amenity.

"As part of Council's $1.6 billion to $2 billion Parramatta Square development, Stage Three will contribute to helping the City realise its potential and bring economic, social and environmental benefits to Parramatta, Western Sydney and Greater Sydney.

"As the design evolves, Council will be going out to the local community to seek their input on how these new public facilities should look, feel and be used," Cr Chedid said.

Parramatta Square is Council's landmark urban renewal development that is set across three-hectares of Council-owned space and real estate in the heart of the Parramatta CBD. It will include generous public space, corporate centres, retail and dining options, new Council facilities, and strong connections to the Parramatta transport interchange.

A design competition for the two remaining commercial towers with gross floor area of up to 130,000 square metres will commence this month. The design competition will seek expressions of interest from international and national architectural firms from which four will be selected to prepare designs.

The design excellence competition for the remaining projects; the public domain and Stage Four, will commence later this year.

The DAs for the first two stages of Parramatta Square were lodged earlier this year. With Leighton Properties confirmed as developer for 169 Macquarie Street, the DA is expected to be approved this year, construction to commence by the end of the year and the development completed by late 2015.

The DA for a 90-storey mixed-use tower on the corner of Church and Darcy Streets is expected to be approved later this year.


Parramatta Square Stage Three forms part of Council's program to revitalise its public assets, including a new operations centre in Rydalmere and a Discovery Centre by Parramatta River.

"The renewal of our public assets reflects Council's commitment to delivering quality and efficient customer service to the community, operational efficiencies and facilities that will allow for expansion to meet the needs of our growing population," Cr Chedid said.

Parramatta Square Stage Three facilities will include:

Library
Community meeting, activity rooms and Senior Leisure and Learning
Customer contact centre for general, visitor and business information and development services
Foyer to include café, concierge wireless lounge area and self-help services
Technology or Innovation Centre
Council Chambers
Council Administration

http://www.parracity.nsw.gov.au/your...vic_facilities
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It's disappointing that the media officer didn't ask as to when they expect the design competition to conclude. Thats one question I'm left asking after reading the article.
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Old September 11th, 2013, 12:37 AM   #23
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design comps take about 4-6 weeks
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Another render of commercial stage 3

Notice the The lantern which is a similar but reverse idea used at Chatswood concourse to bring light into the underground library.

The southern face of the Civic building opens onto the new Civic forecourt of
Parramatta Square that features a sculptural lantern that will be the public
centrepiece of Parramatta Square and a marker to the Civic building, Community
facilities and Library.

The lantern will bring natural light down into the library and
will provide visual connection between the activities of the public realm above the
Library and Community Facilities below.

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here is a photo i took of the lightwell feature at Chatswood concourse



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Old September 16th, 2013, 03:12 PM   #25
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The DA for 169 Macquarie Street (Parramatta Square) is approved. We're targeting a completion date by late 2015.

https://twitter.com/parracity/status/379487216084320256
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Old September 16th, 2013, 03:54 PM   #26
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Next approval anticipated - stage 2 the big one Aspire - late 2013
Not far away - lets hope its approved this year!!
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Old September 17th, 2013, 01:15 PM   #27
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I don't like the idea of libraries being underground and this is coming from someone who works in a library (school). I think they forget that they are active community hubs and would function better at street level where people can walk past it and see it in action. Their presence at street level might actually encourage street activation. In Parramatta that almost looks entirely hidden; much more so than Chatswood.
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Old September 17th, 2013, 01:30 PM   #28
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So what's been approved so far? Have the two big commercial towers been approved?
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Old September 17th, 2013, 01:36 PM   #29
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If your talking about the ones proposed right next to Aspire - no.
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Old September 17th, 2013, 01:41 PM   #30
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Ok thanks fab I am guessing they will be approved later this year or early next year.
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Old September 17th, 2013, 03:16 PM   #31
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They still have to sort out whether or not they will be office or residential or a mix of the two.

Starting off with the smaller buildings is a wise idea as well. It allows the taller towers to be the climax or ending to the project.

The council does need its new lodgings badly.
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Old September 20th, 2013, 01:39 PM   #32
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As far as I know, the first physical evidence of impending development has arrived. There were excavators at work in the former Mykonos restaurant on the corner of Macquarie and Marsden Streets the other day, opposite V By Crown. While this is 500 metres away from Parramatta Square, I was intrigued to find out the new tenant- Australia Post. They have long occupied one of the key sites of Parramatta Square and the sign that work has begun on their new premises is a good one!
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Old September 21st, 2013, 12:28 AM   #33
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That's an interesting choice of location... if we exclude the Jessie St Center, there is not much commercial there. Perhaps we could get another smaller PO further East?
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Australia Post would have had notice sometime ago that their lease is up.
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Old October 1st, 2013, 02:39 AM   #35
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International architecture design competition launched for Parramatta Square Stages 5 & 6

30 Sep 2013

An international architecture design competition for two new landmark commercial towers establishing Parramatta as Sydney's 'ideas city' has been launched by Parramatta City Council.

The towers, 200 and 220 metres in height with a total floor space of 120,000 square metres, will form Stages 5 and 6 of the visionary three hectare Parramatta Square project.

Lord Mayor of Parramatta Cr John Chedid said the Stages 5 and 6 towers at 12-30 Darcy Street represent an exciting next step in progressing Parramatta Square as a vibrant, vital hub for Western Sydney.

"Parramatta City has developed as a sophisticated commercial office market, being the third largest suburban office market in Australia, with growth of around 2.5 per cent annually since 2000," Cr Chedid said.

"It's imperative that Stages 5 and 6 of Parramatta Square offer state-of-the-art, benchmark real estate for existing and future tenants and that they complement all other stages of this important project.


This international design competition, which we're hoping will attract award-winning architects internationally, will deliver that outcome."


The design competition will be undertaken in two stages. An open Architectural Concept Competition will require architects to deliver an A1 board with a visionary concept idea, a statement of design philosophy and approach, and a capability statement and project team.

An independent jury panel will then nominate four architecture practices or teams to participate in an invitation-only Design Excellence Competition.
Each of the four teams will receive $30,000 after submitting a complying Design Excellence Competition entry.


The Architectural Concept Competition opens today, Monday 30th September, and closes Friday 25th October.

Those teams invited to participate in the Design Excellence Competition will be notified by 11th November, with submissions due by 6th December. Council will announce the winning design later that month.


A range of internationally recognised architecture firms have been appointed to design each new landmark building to date.

Stage 1, a commercial building at 169 Macquarie Street, was awarded to Architectus;

Stage 2, the Aspire residential tower at 160 Church Street, was awarded to Grimshaw Architects;

with Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp appointed to design Stage 3, incorporating new community and Council facilities and commercial space.

http://www.parracity.nsw.gov.au/your...stages_5_and_6


Architectural Concept Competition

Dates: 30th September 2013 – 25th October 2013.

An open architectural concept competition to reveal a visionary design.

Architects will be required to deliver:

1 x A1 board with a visionary concept idea.
A statement of design philosophy and approach.
A capability statement and project team, including resumes.


Design Excellence Competition

Dates: 11th November 2013 – 6th December 2013.

The design competition jury will evaluate all the design concepts from the Architectural Concept Competition against the selection criteria provided and will nominate a shortlist of four of the most promising concepts.

The four nominated architecture practices or teams will then be invited to participate in a Design Excellence Competition.
Each shortlisted architecture practice or team will be paid $30,000 on submission of a complying Design Excellence Competition entry.

http://www.parracity.nsw.gov.au/your...gn_competition
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wow, how good is that.
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Dear Clover.

This is how a Council should work.

That is all
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This is a good idea to put it to a MAJOR design competition. Just doing a design competition is allowing for Parramatta to show off the "ideas" city image it wants to have.
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In case u joined the thread late Stages 5 & 6 are the 2 tall black towers to the left of Aspire.
The design comp will decide what they will really look like

And they will be very tall (200 AND 220m)


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i keep forgeting that parra will not only get a 300m tower but 2x 200m towers. please pinch me im dreamin. incredible times really. these guys are serious. cant wait to watch it over the next 10 years
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