View from the north bank

"Parramatta needs to bring people back to the river…. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to re-engage with the water in an evocative way."
Helen Lochhead, Design Parramatta Panel Member

The River Square proposal is for a large new riverside event square terminating the proposed Horwood Avenue Civic Link that links to Parramatta Square and Parramatta Station. The new square would provide a much needed civic and recreational space beside the River. The design was required to address the site’s significant level changes and flooding impacts.

The design consists of a large open green, a series of terraced steps, an upper plaza flanked by cafes and bars, and a river link to draw people into the space. Simple elements are used to negotiate complex site conditions. Existing poor visual connections between the city and river have been addressed through use of water both physically and symbolically; with the proposed Horwood Avenue Civic Link terminating in a large pool of water at the upper city level and a terraced fountain leading down to the water’s edge. A new public building for community and cultural uses, to the rear of Willow Grove is proposed as an extension to the existing heritage building and to increase activation.

Read more about this project in the Design Parramatta eBook.

Master plan

"Parramatta needs to bring people back to the river…. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to re-engage with the water in an evocative way."
Helen Lochhead, Design Parramatta Panel Member

The River Square proposal is for a large new riverside event square terminating the proposed Horwood Avenue Civic Link that links to Parramatta Square and Parramatta Station. The new square would provide a much needed civic and recreational space beside the River. The design was required to address the site’s significant level changes and flooding impacts.

The design consists of a large open green, a series of terraced steps, an upper plaza flanked by cafes and bars, and a river link to draw people into the space. Simple elements are used to negotiate complex site conditions. Existing poor visual connections between the city and river have been addressed through use of water both physically and symbolically; with the proposed Horwood Avenue Civic Link terminating in a large pool of water at the upper city level and a terraced fountain leading down to the water’s edge. A new public building for community and cultural uses, to the rear of Willow Grove is proposed as an extension to the existing heritage building and to increase activation.

Read more about this project in the Design Parramatta eBook.

Context plan

"Parramatta needs to bring people back to the river…. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to re-engage with the water in an evocative way."
Helen Lochhead, Design Parramatta Panel Member

The River Square proposal is for a large new riverside event square terminating the proposed Horwood Avenue Civic Link that links to Parramatta Square and Parramatta Station. The new square would provide a much needed civic and recreational space beside the River. The design was required to address the site’s significant level changes and flooding impacts.

The design consists of a large open green, a series of terraced steps, an upper plaza flanked by cafes and bars, and a river link to draw people into the space. Simple elements are used to negotiate complex site conditions. Existing poor visual connections between the city and river have been addressed through use of water both physically and symbolically; with the proposed Horwood Avenue Civic Link terminating in a large pool of water at the upper city level and a terraced fountain leading down to the water’s edge. A new public building for community and cultural uses, to the rear of Willow Grove is proposed as an extension to the existing heritage building and to increase activation.

Read more about this project in the Design Parramatta eBook.

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  • 2. River Square Masterplan
  • 1. River Square river link