Parramatta City Council plans 90-storey tower in Australia

4 April 2013 (Last Updated April 4th, 2013 18:30)

Parramatta City Council in Australia has submitted an application to the Joint Regional Planning Panel for the development of the $375m, 336m Aspire Tower in Parramatta, New South Wales (NSW).

Parramatta City Council in Australia has submitted an application to the Joint Regional Planning Panel for the development of the $375m, 336m Aspire Tower in Parramatta, New South Wales (NSW).

The council said the 90-storey tower will be the tallest residential tower in the Southern Hemisphere.

Planned to be located on 160-182 Church Street in Parramatta, the tower will feature 700 apartments, retail space in the lower levels and a 150-room hotel.

The tower will also feature the tallest publicly-accessible viewing platform and experience centre in the Southern Hemisphere.

Plans also include a public domain, bars and retail as well as a public function space.

Parramatta Mayor John Chedid said the Aspire Tower is one of the first developments of Parramatta City Councils Parramatta Square, a development precinct set across 3ha of council-owned space and real estate in the Parramatta CBD.

Chedid added that Aspire complements the NSW Government’s vision for Sydney as outlined in its draft Sydney Metropolitan Strategy.

Over the next 20 years, NSW is in need of about 500,000 additional new homes.

Grimshaw Partner Andrew Cortese said the Aspire Tower will enable a tangible long-term public benefit for Parramatta.

"The project has the ability to be transformative of its place and of the standards that can be achieved within models of affordable urban intensification," Cortese said.

Cortese added that with the demands of urban intensification to meet population growth, the environmental footprint of a high density tower is far superior to that of the suburban equivalent accommodating the same amount of residents.