An international architecture design competition for two landmark towers was launched by Parramatta Council recently.
The towers, to be 200 and 220 metres in height with a floor space of 120,000 square metres, will be built on Darcy Street in Parramatta and form stages five and six of the three-hectare Parramatta Square project.
Parramatta lord mayor John Chedid said it was imperative the towers offered state-of-the-art benchmark real estate for tenants and complemented the other stages of the project.
The design competition will be undertaken in two stages.
An open Architectural Concept Competition will require architects to deliver an A1 board with their concept idea, design philosophy and approach, and a capability statement and project team.
An independent jury panel will then nominate four architecture practices or teams to participate in an invitation-only Design Excellence Competition.
Each of the four teams will receive $30,000 after submitting a complying Design Excellence Competition entry.
The architectural concept competition closes on October 25; teams invited to participate in the design excellence competition will be notified by November 11; and submissions are due by December 6.
Parramatta deputy lord mayor Paul Garrard, pictured with Parramatta lord mayor John Chedid and HMAS Parramatta commanding officer Simon Cannell was recently conferred the honour of patron and official liaison to HMAS Parramatta.
“I have always been passionate about Parramatta’s history and key to that is the special relationship this city has with HMAS Parramatta, which was first launched in 1910,” Cr Garrard said.
RIDE YOUR WAY TO HEALTH
Thousands will leave the car at home and ride to work for the annual bike riding event next Wednesday.
Ride2Work Day is supported by Parramatta’s Healthy Generations initiative with the council to host a free breakfast for riders at Prince Alfred Park in Parramatta between 7am and 9am.
A helmet hair repair station will also be available for those in need of a pre-work touch up.
Secure bike parking is available in the Parramatta City Centre at Erby and Horwood Place car parks.
Details: October 16, ride2work.com.au.
MOTHER OF GARAGE SALES
The upcoming Garage Sale Trail is the ideal opportunity to give the house a spring clean.
Thousands of garage sales will be set up on October 26 around the country.
Parramatta lord mayor John Chedid said residents could register their own garage sale or pick up a ‘‘hidden treasure’’ at other garage sales in the area.
After three years of operation, the Garage Sale Trail has redistributed one million items from landfill and helped raise $3million in local fund-raising.
To register: garagesaletrail.com.au
BOARDING HOUSE RULES
Boarding house developments in low to medium density housing zones will be subject to the council’s tough new controls to be considered by the Department of Planning and Infrastructure.
Parramatta Council recently supported prohibiting boarding houses in R2 and R3 zones unless they are within 300 metres of a hospital, university or railway station.
There must also be at least 300 metres between boarding houses under the new draft recommendations. Since 2009 the council has received 14 development applications for boarding houses.
A number of Parramatta CBD streets will be given a facelift as part of the council’s activation strategy for the Church Street Mall precinct.
Darcy Street and Darcy Lane were the first to get a makeover with fresh paint, new awnings, new lighting and art installations.
Connection Arcade and the Church Street Mall public space will also be revitalised.
Parramatta lord mayor John Chedid said the council wanted people to have the right first impression of the city. ‘‘A place that is vibrant, exciting and safe,’’ Cr Chedid said.
FEAST WITHOUT WASTE
A three-course gourmet dinner will provide tips on reducing kitchen waste as part of the food lovers’ Parramatta Lanes festival (See Page 17).
Chef Leanne Beck will cook up a feast-style banquet using produce sourced from local farmers and growers at the Pop-Up Bio-Chef Long Table Dinner on October 23.
Flautist and environmentalist Jane Rutter (right) will emcee the event and speak on sustainability and reducing food waste.
Details: October 23, Connection Arcade, 162-172 Church Street, Parramatta, cost is $48.69 (includes organic wine and Batlow cider, 98065743 or popupbiochef.eventbrite.com