Yesterday on an interview with Moffey on TripleM breakfast Mayor Denise Knight favourably compared the estimated $76.5m ($100m with extra civil works) proposed Cultural Centre/Council Chambers (CCCC) in Gordon Street with the $145-$150m Parramatta Community Centre.
The Mayor also promised that the CCCC would not be subject to cost blow-outs. See; https://coffscoastoutlook.com.au/mayor-clarifies-position-on-casting-vote-and-no-cost-blowout-with-cultural-and-civic-space/#comment-2792
Leaving aside that issue and the fact, as highlighted by Coffs Coast Outlook contributor Graeme Sheehan, that Parramatta is an LGA of approximately 250,000 people, or with four times the number of ratepayers as Coffs harbour, has a much larger commercial base while also having a higher socio-economic status with 27% of households with weekly incomes in excess of $2500 we thought you might also like to see what Parramatta ratepayers are actually getting for their money.
“New plans have been unveiled for an “iconic” $130 million civic and community centre in Parramatta — the last piece of a $3.2 billion CBD transformation in Sydney’s west.
Parramatta’s new civic, cultural and community centre, dubbed by the Mayor as the “beating heart of Parramatta”, will be the final addition to the new city centre.
The $130 million multipurpose six-storey building is expected to open in April 2022 and will coincide with the completion of the remaining Parramatta Square precinct, a 3-hectare mixed-use area aimed at revitalising Parramatta city centre with premium-grade office space and retail.
The new building was designed by French firm Manuelle Gautrand Architecture and Australian firms DesignInc and Lacoste + Stevenson following an international design competition.
City of Parramatta Lord Mayor Cr Andrew Wilson said the city’s Town Hall, constructed in 1885, will be integrated and accessible from the new 5 Parramatta Square development.
“I’m delighted to see Council’s long-term vision for one of Australia’s largest urban regeneration projects progressing and I look forward to watching 5 Parramatta Square go from concept to reality,” Wilson said.
The multipurpose building will be a dedicated community space and will include a state-of-the-art library, cafe, amphitheatre, council chambers, community meeting rooms and a “digital spire” at the top.
The masterplan project for Sydney’s second CBD also includes the University of Western Sydney campus, commercial buildings, 6,000sq m of public domain, located next to Parramatta train station and the future light rail stop on Macquarie Street.” (Sourced from The Urban Developer August 15, 2019.)
“Architecturally, the new Parramatta Centre divides into bands of stacked crystalline blocks, angled irregularly to become vertical at the northeast, producing a futuristic form of civic spire – a transparent glass fin for digital media projections.
The abstract form follows the sun’s trajectory. Inside will include a state-of-the-art library, council chambers, meeting rooms for community groups, a roof garden and visitor experience centre, with each level publicly accessible.
Innovations in glass technology will bring the complex façade to life. Each horizontal band of crystalline glass blocks represents one building level, with the lower zone shaped by the public arena, welcoming pedestrians with a sheltering cantilever above the entrances.
A mix of indoor and outdoor spaces will be created by deleting glass blocks from the overall volume, and integrating garden terraces. Protecting interiors from the sun will be a series of external screens, allowing outlooks while diffusing a beautiful light inside.
The heritage of Parramatta’s sandstone Town Hall, built in 1881 in the Victorian Free Classical Style, will be preserved, while the new Centre embraces technology and transparency in local government.
It will communicate to the public with event notices, local cultural achievements and art displays broadcast via large-scale integrated LED screens.” (Our emphasis added. Source; https://designinc.com.au/projects/nsw/parramatta-civic-centre)
So ask yourself this question; Was the Mayor really ‘comparing apples with apples?’