Parramatta Square, Heritage Interpretation
Interpretation Plan and Implementation
Parramatta Square is a landmark urban renewal project set to transform Parramatta’s city centre—Sydney’s ‘central city’ and second CBD. GML designed the heritage interpretation of 6 & 8 Parramatta Square, a centrepiece of the development.
The $3.2 billion Parramatta Square redevelopment spans 3 hectares and will deliver retail, office, mixed use and public spaces, six new buildings and a refurbished town hall. The square sits on a historic landscape with Aboriginal archaeology dating back at least 10,000 years, as well as layers of colonial and Victorian period archaeology.
The interpretation design process was informed by historical and archaeological research but led by community and collaboration with the Darug Specialist Panel, and Leanne Watson in particular. Watson worked closely with GML’s design team to create an artwork display. The resulting design concept celebrates the site’s Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal history and heritage. It tells the stories of Parramatta, from the ancient wetland landscape, through to colonisation, European built heritage, and the lived experiences of Darug culture today.
GML collaborated with JPW Architects, City of Parramatta Council and Walker Corporation to integrate the concept into the public domain and architecture of the building footprint. The next phase of design will involve curating the artefacts to be housed in the display.