Our Growth Centres Parramatta North
Parramatta North Heritage Core
UrbanGrowth NSW Development Corporation's vision is to inspire and enable the creation of extraordinary places.
In line with our vision, UrbanGrowth NSW is creating an aspirational place identity for Parramatta North's publicly owned, nationally listed Heritage Core that is locally contextual, globally relevant and seeks to fill an unmet need in a rapidly developing urban landscape.
There will be no residential development in the heritage core.
The land identified in the Parramatta North Growth Centre is referenced in this map.
University of Sydney to anchor innovation precinct
In 2018, UrbanGrowth NSW Development Corporation and Health Infrastructure NSW conducted a market sounding to consider future opportunities for government owned land within the Cumberland Hospital east and west campuses.
The market sounding identified the University of Sydney as the anchor tenant having the necessary academic breadth, depth and reputational excellence required to help the Westmead Precinct reach its full potential over the next 30 years.
UrbanGrowth NSW and Health Infrastructure NSW are leading negotiations with the University over the next two years to develop a masterplan for the University town and its surrounds.
Work is continuing on repairs and fire safety upgrades to some of the heritage buildings on site. This includes historic buildings within the Cumberland Hospital precinct and buildings within the Norma Parker Centre.
Heritage repairs will ensure the buildings are safe, secure and weatherproof. Work includes repairs to roofs, chimneys, windows, external doors, structural walls, verandahs, porticos, columns and other structures. Welsh slate was imported for roof repairs to match the original slate roof material.
Heritage repairs will not result in full conservation or restoration of the buildings. This will happen at a later date.
Archaeological testing was completed to investigate the Aboriginal and European history of the area.
All findings have been documented and reported to the Office of Environment and Heritage.
- 6 December 2018 to 25 February 2019: Registration of Interest seeks ideas from community groups, arts and cultural heritage groups to activate heritage core
- 5 November 2018: Premier announces University of Sydney as anchor tenant for growth centre. An existing development application is withdrawn to make way for the new plan
- July-October 2018: Aboriginal roundtable consultations held to help inform place identity principles
- 27 March 2018: Collaboration Framework established, comprised of groups currently using the heritage core
- November: Sprout event takes place where community leaders, business owners, innovators, designers, artists, heritage experts, university students and academics came together at Parramatta North to hear and share ideas about future uses for the heritage core
- Emergency repairs to six heritage buildings begin
- Aboriginal and European archaeological and geotechnical investigations begin
- First development application lodged for road upgrades, cycleways, landscaping, Parramatta River foreshore restoration, subdivisions and demolition of some buildings including sheds, demountable buildings and other structures – excluding the Heritage Core
- Ongoing planning and consultation for the future of the core heritage precinct
- Detailed studies and planning undertaken
- NSW Minister for Planning approves site rezoning
- NSW Cabinet approves the program to proceed
- Consultation with stakeholders and the community on plans to rezone the site
- Rezoning application prepared and placed on public exhibition
- Early planning and technical studies for the urban transformation of Parramatta North
- Consultation with stakeholders and the community on a Framework Masterplan for the area
- Preparation of the Parramatta North Framework Masterplan
Parramatta North is home to a rich Aboriginal and European heritage. This dates back 20,000 years to the Darug people and about 200 years to colonial settlement.
Important heritage buildings on site include the Cumberland Hospital which was once the Parramatta Female Factory. It also includes the Norma Parker Centre which was once the Roman Catholic Orphan School and later the Parramatta Industrial School for Girls.
UrbanGrowth NSW Development Corporation is working to conserve the heritage of Parramatta North. All significant and high value heritage buildings will be conserved and some are undergoing emergency repairs to ensure they are safe, secure and weatherproof.
A Conservation Management Plan (CMP) has been prepared to guide the heritage conservation of the site. The CMP identifies all heritage elements on the site including the high and exceptional heritage buildings to be conserved.
The heritage core is on the National Heritage List.
Removal of an external wall to be re-laid after structural underpinning takes place, September 2017.
Built between 1843 and 1882 and used until 2010, the building was structurally unsound and unsafe requiring much repair work. 1939 (Source: Sam Hood)
Removal of intrusive material hazardous materials revealing an original c. 1880s oven, November 2017.
Skilled heritage trades including repair of damaged timber window frames and glass panes, November 2017.
The Recreation hall originally had vaulted cathedral ceilings which have since been obscured by later additions. 1895 (Source: Town and Country article)
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Four local groups with significant cultural, historical, and social links to Parramatta North have come together with the Parramatta City Council’s Activation and Place-Making teams and UrbanGrowth NSW Development Corporation to work under a Collaboration Framework.
The Framework’s intention is to share information and ideas relating to the site’s significance and how to provide better linkage between the heritage core and Parramatta Gaol through activation and place-making. It also considers opportunities to connect this precinct with the broader Parramatta community and other heritage sites, and the development of an annual events program.
This group also looks at ways to identify and explore relevant sensitive and complementary uses that might encourage public access and broader community relevance.