New South Wales

Winning design revealed for Church Street redevelopment site at Parramatta

THE winning architectural design for the redevelopment of one of Parramatta's key city centre sites has been revealed by the NSW Department of Planning and Parramatta City Council.

It was announced this week that Tony Caro Architecture has won the design competition for the proposed $111 million mixed-use residential development on the former David Jones site at 330 Church Street.

The winning design includes two separate residential towers of 34 and 22 storeys, a public square and stepped terraces down to the river's edge.

The design for the development, proposed by Meriton Apartments, was subject to a design competition due to the requirements of Council's 2007 City Centre Local Environmental Plan (LEP).

The Plan specifies that design competitions are required for large-scale developments on a number of designated sites within the Parramatta CBD.

The judging panel consisted of representatives from Parramatta City Council, the Department of Planning and Meriton Apartments.

Parramatta Lord Mayor, Cr John Chedid, said that the development will contribute to Parramatta City Council's overall vision for the Parramatta River foreshore area, revitalising areas along the Parramatta River.

He said public access through the site to the riverfront will be "extensive, clear and well activated by restaurants and retail activities along a double height frontage."

The proponent can now formally lodge an application with the Department of Planning, which will assess the proposal. The assessment process will include consultation with Parramatta City Council and a minimum 30 day public exhibition period.

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