Parramatta City Centre Built Form Review and Framework

Parramatta City Centre Built Form Review and Framework

As Sydney’s second city, Parramatta was facing several key issues – a commercial core under pressure from a very strong residential property market; lack of processes and controls to ensure design excellence; and a community dealing with rapid change and evolving city character.  

Architectus and SGS Economics and Planning were commissioned by Parramatta City Council to develop a Planning Framework that would establish Parramatta as Sydney’s premier regional city and one that is economically vibrant, liveable and sustainable for current and future generations.

The study included consideration of the following key components: 

  • Market demand and economic viability 
  • Options for the CBD boundary 
  • Land use mix 
  • CBD skyline (and building height and floor space ratios) 
  • Building sustainability, design excellence and the public domain 

Built form scenarios have been developed based on the application of different controls and analysed for their outcomes across issues including delivery of floorspace, city views and skyline, solar access to public open spaces, heritage, amenity and built form outcomes. The outcomes of this testing has been used as the basis for recommended new controls for the Parramatta City Centre.

Project Sheet

Project Summary

Parramatta City Council
Parramatta, NSW
Floor area
260 ha
Michael Harrison

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