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Quite the rundown!

Parramatta is staking its claim as Sydney's true 'second CBD.'

The 89m tall 'Eclipse' tower has topped out and is now officially the tallest building in the Parramatta CBD...however not for long!

The 90m tall 'B1' tower is well under construction and will hold the tallest title (briefly) until the now under construction 96m tall 'V by Crown' is completed in 2014.

Then thinks ramp up a gear. Three 100m+ towers (Westfield Tower, 55-57 George Street and Meriton's 330 Church Street) could all temporarily hold the tallest tower crown before the stunning new Grimshaw designed 220m Parramatta Square tower is finished ... all things going well!

Culwulla has indicated that an even taller tower could be proposed for the site next to the Grimshaw-designed tower.

From today;
just on the office tower next door, i asked about it and architect said it will be minimum 200m. probably taller then resi tower is all she could say at this point. gonna look awesome. great wall of parra
So, all things going well, Parramatta will have 2 x 200m+ towers and both will be amongst the tallest in Sydney!!

Of course it isn't all about height ... the 31 hectare Riverbank concept could see the development of an exciting new riverside precinct of bars, cafes, restaurants, shops, offices, apartments and hotels. A previous council urban design study proposed 4 x 88m envelopes and 4 x 54m envelopes. The image shown in this post is from the McGregor Coxall concept which was awarded the 2012 Australia Award for Urban Design.

And (not shown in this rundown because it's still in its infancy) there is also the 17.5 hectare Auto Alley precinct which is set to be redeveloped in the decades to come. There is scope for 8 to 10 storey commercial buildings along Church Street, anchored by 1 x 20 storey and 2 x 30 storey commercial towers near the intersection of Church Street and the Great Western Highway.

Anyway, enough talk...here's the rundown of existing projects!!

All up we have
1 x 200m+
4 x 100m+
22 x 50m+

PARRAMATTA SQUARE
65L / 220M / MIXED - STAGE 1 PROPOSED

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

330 CHURCH STREET
32L / 118M / MIXED - PROPOSED & 22L / 84M / MIXED - STAGE 2 PROPOSED

http://www.parracity.nsw.gov.au/bui...gn_competitions/330_church_street,_parramatta

55-57 GEORGE STREET
31L / 106M / RESIDENTIAL - STAGE 2 PROPOSED

http://dyldam.com.au/

WESTFIELD TOWER
20L / 100M / OFFICE - STAGE 1 PROPOSED

http://majorprojects.planning.nsw.gov.au/index.pl?action=view_job&job_id=3942

V BY CROWN
29L / 96M / RESIDENTIAL - UNDER CONSTRUCTION

http://architectureau.com/articles/construction-starts-on-allen-jack-cottiers-v-by-crown/

B1
28L / 90M / RESIDENTIAL - UNDER CONSTRUCTION

http://www.b1tower.com/index.html

ECLIPSE
21L / 89M / OFFICE - UNDER CONSTRUCTION

Taken by Hegemonic

RIVERBANK
4 X 88M / MIXED & 4 X 54M / MIXED – CONCEPT

http://mcgregorcoxall.com/#/projects/86

105 PHILLIP STREET
13L / 65M / OFFICE – APPROVED



http://www.dexus.com/properties/details.aspx?id=236

HORIZONS
2 X 21L / ~63M / RESIDENTIAL – APPROVED

http://www.horizonsparramatta.com/architecture

109-113 GEORGE STREET
2 x 19L / 60M / RESIDENTIAL – APPROVED
Picture courtesy Culwulla


89 GEORGE STREET
14L / 60M / OFFICE – APPROVED


Picture courtesy finn
 

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All these projects are bringing a renewed confidence to Parramatta which is great to see, and this is only the start of it, we can expect a lot more exciting developments proposed in the future for Parramatta, can't wait to watch Parramatta become the major CBD it deserves to be
 

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It is not about renewed confidence, but a sign that Parramatta is asserting itself as a true city and a place to do business, not a regional centre that has the backroom operations for companies.
 

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Agreed. This is much more than renewed confidence. This is Parramatta believing in itself and taking things where no other non-dominant CBD in Australia has.
 

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Ten News (20/7/2012)

By the way there is a render of the proposed office tower next to our new residential monster.

 

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Damn I hope there is an observation deck at the top of the 250m commercial tower. You could see the whole bloody city.
You could probably also add the proposed light-rail network to the project list. If Parra council are going to push through the Parramatta Square development, I will back them to see this through.
[/url] parra light rail by nathand_80, on Flickr[/IMG]
 

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got some screen grabs from it
didnt realise the resi tower had a twist. wow





the 250m office tower next door will make such a great pair
 

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Haha this is ridiculous, ridiculously good news. It's a shame that Parramatta seems to be getting more impressive towers than the city however. Many of the designs above seem far more interesting and IMO better looking than anything planned for the city. Hopefully this i a wake up call to North Sydney and the North Shore and we see some massive plans take shape to compete with what Parramatta seems to be doing.
 

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North Sydney cannot catch up now, even with changes to the council with Genia McCaffrey retiring.

The anti highrise sentiment in North Sydney has been bred into each generation of locals that live there.
 

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There's a great line up there, Parramatta will give some of the capital cities in the other states a run for there money in terms of econimic growth and building height.
 

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It would be a great "stick it up your village arse Clover" if Parramatta gained a reputation as being more progressive than Sydney and more business friendly. I'd be happy to see Parra become a true centre of the city. It's got a decent size grid with loads of potential.
 

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It was meant to be the capital of the NSw colony but didn't eventuate.

Anyways Clover Moore better be watching her back.
 

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Another addition to the Parramatta pipeline

29 HUNTER STREET
24L / 76M / RESIDENTIAL / APPROVED







http://www.realcommercial.com.au/property-land+development-nsw-parramatta-200271187

There's also the $39.6 million upgrade of Parramatta Stadium


http://www.app.com.au/parramatta-stadium-business-case

Damn I hope there is an observation deck at the top of the 250m commercial tower. You could see the whole bloody city.
You could probably also add the proposed light-rail network to the project list. If Parra council are going to push through the Parramatta Square development, I will back them to see this through.
Me too! An observation deck would be a great addition to the Parramatta CBD.

Here is a fact sheet for Western Sydney Light Rail from June 2012. Problem with it is that it requires a significant volume of $$ from the State and Feds, it remains to be seen if either/both support the concept.

Haha this is ridiculous, ridiculously good news. It's a shame that Parramatta seems to be getting more impressive towers than the city however. Many of the designs above seem far more interesting and IMO better looking than anything planned for the city. Hopefully this i a wake up call to North Sydney and the North Shore and we see some massive plans take shape to compete with what Parramatta seems to be doing.
Ridiculously good news indeed. I'm keen to see what a new mayor and council means for North Sydney - will they try and fight back to regain their place as the second CBD, or will they attempt to keep it in the doldrums for another decade...Something that works in favour of a taller, more dense and more active North Sydney is the second harbour crossing which is likely to result in a second station and direct connections via rapid transit to the NW, Hurstville, Bankstown and Lidcombe.


North Sydney cannot catch up now, even with changes to the council with Genia McCaffrey retiring.

The anti highrise sentiment in North Sydney has been bred into each generation of locals that live there.
I live on the lower North Shore and don't share that sentiment! On top of that I'd love to be able to go to North Sydney to be able to actually do something, as opposed to having to go to Chatswood, Mosman or the city.

It would be a great "stick it up your village arse Clover" if Parramatta gained a reputation as being more progressive than Sydney and more business friendly. I'd be happy to see Parra become a true centre of the city. It's got a decent size grid with loads of potential.
Add to this its central location within Sydney and its comparative affordability.
 

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While it's positive to have all these developments happening in Parramatta, let's not pull the bow way too far. Tourists aren't going to Parramatta and I definitely do not list that city as essential item in visitor's itinerary. There's nothing special about Parramatta for visitors.

There is a considerable amount of cleaning up to do to even contemplating in putting it as a wild card. At the moment the only 'attraction' is the ferry stop.
 

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Parramatta needs to be brought much closer to the CBD. We can do that with high speed rail, it can achieve a travel time of 11 minutes from Parramatta to the city.
 
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