An architectural design by Tony Caro Architecture has won a competition to redevelop a key site in Sydney.
The design was revealed this week and includes two separate residential towers of 34 and 22 storeys, a public square and stepped terraces down to the river’s edge in the Parramatta city centre.
The NSW Department of Planning and Parramatta City Council this week announced that the firm had won the design competition for a proposed mixed-use residential development on the former David Jones site at 330 Church Street.
The $111 million redevelopment of the site is being proposed by Meriton Apartments.
Under the Council’s planning rules, 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.
The judging panel found that the location and design of the two towers sits well within the historic city centre of Parramatta, with the buildings oriented to maximise important view corridors.
Public access through the site to the riverfront will also be extensive, clear and well activated by restaurants and retail activities along a double height frontage.
The inclusion of a new public square and colonnade also increases pedestrian space and improves access from Church Street.
Parramatta Mayor John Chedid said the development will contribute to the overall vision for the Parramatta River foreshore area.
“The location and design of the two towers sits well within the historic city centre of Parramatta, with the buildings oriented to maximise important view corridors.
“This process has been an excellent example of collaborative work between State and local government to ensure design excellence for what is a key renewal site within not only Parramatta but also the broader Metropolitan area.
“I’d like to congratulate Tony Caro Architecture and its winning design, which is a good example of how all of these elements can be combined effectively.”
The proponent can now formally lodge an application with the Department of Planning, which will undertake a full merit based assessment of the scheme.