Topping out ceremony for Parramatta's new Department of Education building

All hands on deck: The new Department of Education building in Parramatta is due to be completed next March.
All hands on deck: The new Department of Education building in Parramatta is due to be completed next March.

He’s already declared Parramatta as the western Sydney capital for arts and culture and cycling.

Now Parramatta MP Geoff Lee wants his city to become the state’s education capital after a topping out ceremony for the new Department of Education building in Phillip Street last week. “This is fantastic news for Parramatta,” he said.

“We are not only getting a brand new 6 Star Green Star Design building but starting from next year, education jobs will move here.”

The building will be home to 1800 staff, who will relocate from Sydney’s CBD to Parramatta from 2018 to  2020.

Built by Dexus Property Group, the purpose-built 25,000 square metre development has been designed in collaboration with the department to provide a ‘vertical village’ workspace, which includes a communal rooftop terrace with an outdoor dining area and a sports court.  A landscaped thoroughfare between Phillip and George streets will replace the existing urban plaza.

The property is owned by Charter Hall; Dexus will manage the property post completion of the development in March 2018. The state government has relocated more than 1200 public sector roles from Sydney’s CBD to western Sydney in the last five years.

“This project is just one example of how the NSW government is investing in education and delivering thousands of jobs in Parramatta,” Dr Lee said.

“This projects caps off a number of exciting NSW government commitments to education in Parramatta. We are building NSW’s first flagship vertical schools and refurbishing the new O’Connell Street School. These new schools will mark a new era in education. Together with the Western Sydney University’s flagship vertical campus which accommodates 10,000 students and recent plans announced by the Diocese of Parramatta for a high rise school in Parramatta CBD we will soon be the education capital of NSW.”

The state government has relocated more than 1200 public sector roles from Sydney’s CBD to western Sydney in the last five years.

More government jobs are earmarked for western Sydney. Property NSW plans to deliver up to 62,000 square metres of A-grade office accommodation.