View of George Street looking east from Parramatta Park

“Acknowledging the colonial mark is a generator of this project”
Professor James Werrick

George Street, Parramatta, is Australia’s first street – its original grand and formal plan confidently anticipated a vibrant future for Parramatta. George Street starts at the Tudor Gates entrance to Parramatta Park and crossing a range of CBD areas including; the Justice Precinct; Church St retail and eateries; the future civic link and the CBD office core and terminating at parklands at either end. The brief asked was to revitalise George Street, harness its heritage value and affirm its role as Parramatta’s civic and commercial spine. The team’s approach included a comprehensive and detailed analysis of the street’s historic development. The analysis showed the many important buildings along George Street that have been setback to the original wider alignment creating a series of small squares and forecourts. The proposal was to build on these spaces and create a grand double spatial order for this important street. The strategy also included;

  • A Series of Publically accessible Squares and Forecourts
  • Changed podium heights and setbacks in DCP to augment the spatial order
  • The elimination of awnings unless part of heritage
  • Revitalisation of the individual squares
  • Review of street trees
  • Deciduous planting in the squares along the southern side for good solar access during winter.
  • Restoring heritage features along the full length of the street to bring back its lost charter.

Read more about this project in the Design Parramatta eBook.

Section at Perth House

“Acknowledging the colonial mark is a generator of this project”
Professor James Werrick

George Street, Parramatta, is Australia’s first street – its original grand and formal plan confidently anticipated a vibrant future for Parramatta. George Street starts at the Tudor Gates entrance to Parramatta Park and crossing a range of CBD areas including; the Justice Precinct; Church St retail and eateries; the future civic link and the CBD office core and terminating at parklands at either end.
The brief asked was to revitalise George Street, harness its heritage value and affirm its role as Parramatta’s civic and commercial spine.
The team’s approach included a comprehensive and detailed analysis of the street’s historic development. The analysis showed the many important buildings along George Street that have been setback to the original wider alignment creating a series of small squares and forecourts. The proposal was to build on these spaces and create a grand double spatial order for this important street.
The strategy also included;

  • A Series of Publically accessible Squares and Forecourts
  • Changed podium heights and setbacks in DCP to augment the spatial order
  • The elimination of awnings unless part of heritage
  • Revitalisation of the individual squares
  • Review of street trees
  • Deciduous planting in the squares along the southern side for good solar access during winter.
  • Restoring heritage features along the full length of the street to bring back its lost charter.

Read more about this project in the Design Parramatta eBook.

Plan

“Acknowledging the colonial mark is a generator of this project”
Professor James Werrick

George Street, Parramatta, is Australia’s first street – its original grand and formal plan confidently anticipated a vibrant future for Parramatta. George Street starts at the Tudor Gates entrance to Parramatta Park and crossing a range of CBD areas including; the Justice Precinct; Church St retail and eateries; the future civic link and the CBD office core and terminating at parklands at either end.
The brief asked was to revitalise George Street, harness its heritage value and affirm its role as Parramatta’s civic and commercial spine.
The team’s approach included a comprehensive and detailed analysis of the street’s historic development. The analysis showed the many important buildings along George Street that have been setback to the original wider alignment creating a series of small squares and forecourts. The proposal was to build on these spaces and create a grand double spatial order for this important street.
The strategy also included;

  • A Series of Publically accessible Squares and Forecourts
  • Changed podium heights and setbacks in DCP to augment the spatial order
  • The elimination of awnings unless part of heritage
  • Revitalisation of the individual squares
  • Review of street trees
  • Deciduous planting in the squares along the southern side for good solar access during winter.
  • Restoring heritage features along the full length of the street to bring back its lost charter.

Read more about this project in the Design Parramatta eBook.

  • 3. George Street Hero Shot
  • 2. George Street section
  • 1.-George-Street-Plan