Walker Corporation’s $2.7 billion Parramatta Square development reached a major milestone with the “topping out” of one of the four towers now under construction in the precinct. Property NSW is the anchor tenant in the 65,000 square metre, 40 storey Tower, with completion of the first phase scheduled late November.
To mark the occasion, Property NSW, NSW State Government, City of Parramatta Council, Walker Corporation, and joint venture contractor Built and Obayashi Corporation (BOJV) came together on the rooftop for the official topping out ceremony.
NSW Minister for Water, Property and Housing, The Hon. Melinda Pavey MP, presided over the topping out, with City of Parramatta Lord Mayor, Councillor Andrew Wilson, and the CEO of the Western Sydney Business Chamber, Mr David Borger.
COO of Walker Corporation, Mr David Gallant, said “We are proud to partner with the NSW Government and City of Parramatta Council in what is currently Australia’s largest commercial office project.
“4 Parramatta Square has been designed for a high performance workforce, with strong internal connections and an emphasis on the health, well-being and creativity of the staff”, he added.
An expected, 5,000 NSW Government staff will work in 4 Parramatta Square, which is being constructed by Tier 1 national contractor, Built and its joint venture partner Obayashi Corporation (BOJV), and designed by award winning architects Johnson Pilton Walker (JPW).
Brett Mason, Managing Director at Built said, “This is an exciting milestone for the project and a tribute to the 700 workers employed on the project each day.
To give some scale to the project we have installed over 2,000 tonnes of structural steel and poured 46,000 cubic meters of concrete to get to this point in construction. ”
Wellness factors employed in 4 Parramatta Square include an agile working environment, greater use of outside air, state of the art lighting system, better interaction with the environment and the use of green technologies throughout, targeting a 5 Green Star fit-out.
JPW has created a design that links the premium office space with the outdoors, featuring atriums and staircases that promote workplace connectivity, outdoor terraces and a range of amenities, including retail outlets and a business and events centre, catering for up to 250 people.
The building forms an important connection for people accessing Parramatta train station and planned light rail station, while being an integral part of the Parramatta Square precinct featuring a wide variety of retailers, restaurants, cafes and open spaces.
City of Parramatta Lord Mayor Cr Andrew Wilson said it has been exciting to watch the project take shape over the past three years. “Parramatta Square is a once-in-a-generation transformational project for our city, and it has been incredible to witness 4 Parramatta Square go from concept to reality.
“Once complete, Parramatta Square will be a space for everyone – locals, workers and visitors alike. Designed by leading Australian and international architects, it will be a unique, world-class destination in the heart of our city,” he added
Walker Corporation has also recently awarded Built and Obayashi Corporation the contract to build Towers 6 and 8 Parramatta Square. The two towers mark the final stage of the Parramatta Square development, scheduled for completion in 2023.
Adjoining 4 Parramatta Square are the interconnected 6 and 8 Parramatta Square, which on completion will rise 55 storeys tall, standing as the tallest building in Western Sydney and the second tallest office Tower in NSW.
Brett Mason, Managing Director at Built, said, “With our JV partner Obayashi Corporation, Built is very proud to extend our ongoing relationship with Walker Corporation to deliver the next stage of Parramatta Square’s transformational CBD rejuvenation project.
“Towers 6 & 8 combined are one of the most ambitious and exciting construction projects in Australia right now and we are looking forward to delivering a final result that sets a new benchmark for quality, sustainability and innovation in construction.”
Providing some of the largest office floor plates in the country, 6 Parramatta Square provides floorplates over 3,000 square metres, with 8 Parramatta Square providing some of the largest floor plates for its height, of up to 2,300 square metres.
The buildings will comprise 124,000 square metres of premium office space, making it the largest commercial building in Australia by nett lettable area.
Mr Gallant said, “The Built and Obayashi Joint Venture has been very successful in delivering the first two towers in line with Walker’s vision for this landmark development and Walker Corporation’s industry leading standards.
“We are very pleased with both the quality of construction and the customised fit-outs Built / Obayashi are undertaking for Walker in 3 and 4 Parramatta Square which will see Parramatta’s commercial space rival Sydney CBD in terms of scale, environmental sustainability and prominence.
Committed as the anchor tenant of the twin towers, Property NSW will occupy 43,800 square metres in towers 6 and 8 and house a further 4,000 NSW Government workers.
Mr Gallant said “Parramatta Square is quickly taking shape and the total project is now 75 per cent pre-leased, with over 170,000 square metres of high quality office space committed.
“The NSW Government has led the way in attracting other leading organisations in signing long term leases in the project, which will open the way for Parramatta city to rival Sydney’s CBD in terms of amenity and high quality commercial space”, he added.
The 3 hectare city style precinct will transform the heart of Parramatta CBD into a vibrant, cosmopolitan, commercial and residential precinct, with people attracted to the area to work and play.