Dexus receives greenlight for 140 George Street Parramatta

Dexus receives greenlight for 140 George Street Parramatta
Dexus receives greenlight for 140 George Street Parramatta

Parramatta City Council has given the green light to Dexus to develop a 33-storey office tower at 140 George Street, Parramatta adding to the growing number of office developments within Sydney’s fastest growing city.

The 138m tower will be located on the corner of George and Charles Streets, with the design seeking to capitalise on the site’s unique riverside location along a key stretch of the Parramatta River that contains the ferry terminal and provides views to the north over the river as well as back to Sydney’s CBD.

Dexus receives greenlight for 140 George Street Parramatta
140 George's street interface along Charles Street. Planning Image: Bates Smart

140 George Street will deliver 45,700 sqm of A-Grade office space to the Parramatta office market, providing large, open, contiguous floorplates to maximise fit out flexibility, daylight access and views.

This development will deliver a world-class office building and strongly supports Parramatta’s growth as a place to invest and to do business. Parramatta continues to attract quality tenants who are enticed by the city’s dynamic workforce, interconnected transport options and vibrant lifestyle offerings.

- Ross Du Vernet, Dexus Chief Investment Officer

The Bates Smart design considers how the building could benefit the overall well-being of its occupants through the incorporation of high-quality services and exercise facilities such as a gymnasium and swimming pool. Retreat spaces are offered with outdoor terraces, a café and open spaces to capture the sun and fresh air.

The architectural design proposal sets a framework for the building to establish high quality workplace environments through key design principles. This framework creates a comfortable and enjoyable workplace whilst ensuring long term commercial viability of the building.

The floors have excellent daylight penetration via a large facade to core wall ratio, long north facing orientation of floorplate; high levels of air quality through an advanced mechanical ventilation system; excellent outlook and views along Parramatta River to Sydney CBD; inter-floor connectivity through glazed firestair on the floorplate; multi-use spaces within the building with external terraces for relaxation and breakout areas which all contribute to creating a high level of occupant amenity.

- Bates Smart

In addition, naturally-lit stairs are provided to enable easy movement between each floor. The slender floor plate with an end core will ensure all occupants have great access to natural light and the sweeping views across Parramatta.

At street level, the base of the tower will be activated with a range of facilities offering amenities accessible to all the occupants of the surrounding commercial precinct.

With a focus on sustainability, the high-quality façade design balances access to natural daylight against thermal performance. The building will target a 5 Star Green Star Design and 5 star NABERS Energy performance.

Parramatta City Council aims to revitalise the river foreshore as part of a staged 20 year redevelopment. A river Quay with an upgraded ferry terminal, new outdoor entertainment area and terraces and a world class public square are part of a new vision to activate Parramatta River.

The draft ‘City River Strategy Master Plan’ encompasses 31 hectares on the Parramatta River foreshore and proposes major changes for the regeneration of Sydney’s second largest CBD. The River City Plan positions Parramatta River at the front and centre of Parramatta City Centre as redevelopment occurs.

The plan proposes a world-class public domain and a high-quality collection of new buildings that are seamlessly knitted together by a dense network of accessible and active spaces.

Dexus receives greenlight for 140 George Street Parramatta
Vision for the Parramatta City River Strategy Design and Activation. Image: Parramatta City Council


  • Developer: DEXUS
  • Architect: Bates Smart
  • Project Management: Savills
  • Structure: Enstruct
  • Facade Engineer/ESD/Waste: Arup
  • Traffic: Arup
  • Building Services: NDY
  • Fire Engineering: Defire
  • Quantity Surveyors: Slattery
  • Planning: Robinson Urban Planning
  • Landscape Architect: Turf
  • BCA Steve Watson & Partners

Laurence Dragomir

Laurence Dragomir

Laurence Dragomir is one of the co-founders of Urban Melbourne. Laurence has developed a wealth of knowledge and experience working in both the private and public sector specialising in architecture, urban design and planning. He also has a keen interest in the built environment, cities and Star Wars.

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