View of Church Street looking north

"The identity of any city requires an identifiable center and also a boundary. The boundary allows us to identify the city center and to understand when we are crossing in and out of this space…"
Ring Road Team

The Parramatta City Ring Road has been planned to reduce traffic congestion in the city by diverting through traffic away from the centre. The road infrastructure exists, as do several planned design changes to traffic lanes and signalling. However the identity of the Ring Road has not been well articulated to date.

The team was asked to create a unique, compelling and cohesive identity and develop proposals for 3 important sites on the Parramatta City Ring Road.

They started from the assumption that the road’s identity is interwoven with Parramatta City. They undertook extensive site analysis; including mapping, photographs and documentation of physical attributes and spoke to people in the community.

The analysis articulated several key elements;

    • The Ring Road doesn’t correspond to the actual city boundaries
    • The Ring Road, due to its width and heavy traffic volumes could act as a barrier or could become a gateway element
    • There are currently 28 streets and paths crossing the Ring Road
    • There is a large neighbourhood inside the Ring Road but outside Parramatta City that could become a new high-density neighbourhood
    • New citizens will help to strengthen and subtly refine the city’s identity

The team posited that in 20 years’ time the combination of the Ring Road and the city’s 40 km pedestrian amenity zone could greatly reduce the percentage of vehicles in the City Centre.

Read more about this project in the Design Parramatta eBook.

New mixed uses on North Bank

"The identity of any city requires an identifiable center and also a boundary. The boundary allows us to identify the city center and to understand when we are crossing in and out of this space…"
Ring Road Team

The Parramatta City Ring Road has been planned to reduce traffic congestion in the city by diverting through traffic away from the centre. The road infrastructure exists, as do several planned design changes to traffic lanes and signalling. However the identity of the Ring Road has not been well articulated to date.

The team was asked to create a unique, compelling and cohesive identity and develop proposals for 3 important sites on the Parramatta City Ring Road.

They started from the assumption that the road’s identity is interwoven with Parramatta City. They undertook extensive site analysis; including mapping, photographs and documentation of physical attributes and spoke to people in the community.

The analysis articulated several key elements;

    • The Ring Road doesn’t correspond to the actual city boundaries
    • The Ring Road, due to its width and heavy traffic volumes could act as a barrier or could become a gateway element
    • There are currently 28 streets and paths crossing the Ring Road
    • There is a large neighbourhood inside the Ring Road but outside Parramatta City that could become a new high-density neighbourhood
    • New citizens will help to strengthen and subtly refine the city’s identity

The team posited that in 20 years’ time the combination of the Ring Road and the city’s 40 km pedestrian amenity zone could greatly reduce the percentage of vehicles in the City Centre.

Read more about this project in the Design Parramatta eBook.

Residents and workers were asked to draw Parramatta City Centre

"The identity of any city requires an identifiable center and also a boundary. The boundary allows us to identify the city center and to understand when we are crossing in and out of this space…"
Ring Road Team

The Parramatta City Ring Road has been planned to reduce traffic congestion in the city by diverting through traffic away from the centre. The road infrastructure exists, as do several planned design changes to traffic lanes and signalling. However the identity of the Ring Road has not been well articulated to date.

The team was asked to create a unique, compelling and cohesive identity and develop proposals for 3 important sites on the Parramatta City Ring Road.

They started from the assumption that the road’s identity is interwoven with Parramatta City. They undertook extensive site analysis; including mapping, photographs and documentation of physical attributes and spoke to people in the community.

The analysis articulated several key elements;

    • The Ring Road doesn’t correspond to the actual city boundaries
    • The Ring Road, due to its width and heavy traffic volumes could act as a barrier or could become a gateway element
    • There are currently 28 streets and paths crossing the Ring Road
    • There is a large neighbourhood inside the Ring Road but outside Parramatta City that could become a new high-density neighbourhood
    • New citizens will help to strengthen and subtly refine the city’s identity

The team posited that in 20 years’ time the combination of the Ring Road and the city’s 40 km pedestrian amenity zone could greatly reduce the percentage of vehicles in the City Centre.

Read more about this project in the Design Parramatta eBook.

  • 3. Ring Road Hero Image
  • 2. Parramatta Ring Road new mixed use
  • 1. Parramatta Ring Road workshop analysis