Project Description

142-144 Macquarie Street, Parramatta

GMU was engaged by Landmark East Pty Ltd to undertake an urban design study for the site located at Nos. 142-154 Macquarie Street, Parramatta currently known as the Cumberland Press site. To ensure implementing the future desired character of the precinct (as per the Master Plan provided by GMU) GMU produced a site specific DCP for the precinct to be added to Parramatta DCP Controls. The aim of the documents was to establish objectives and controls to be interpreted during preparation and assessment of development applications and supports the objectives of the LEP. This study was part of a Planning Proposal Submission. The main purpose of the study was to investigate the height, FSR and massing distribution for the site, to ensure that the redevelopment of the site as a mixed use, vibrant, high quality and high density development would contribute to the future of Parramatta’s skyline and create a true eastern gateway to the Parramatta CBD.

The project sought to enhance the visibility, awareness and experience of cultural heritage in Parramatta by celebrating the site’s Indigenous and European past, and significance as the first landing place. As a result of strategic and design analysis, GMU and the project team established an appropriate maximum height of 200m with one marker tower and the two lower towers that create a strong urban design composition.