The largest cultural investment since the Sydney Opera House, the new Powerhouse Museum will be the first State cultural institution located in Western Sydney – in Parramatta, the geographical heart of Sydney.
Powerhouse Parramatta is a world-class museum to be built in the geographical heart of Sydney. It is the first large cultural institution based in Western Sydney and is expected to attract two million visitors every year.
As part of the design, large flexible spaces will provide unprecedented access to the Museum’s collection, new exhibitions, and host cultural and community events.
In addition to the leading science and technology museum itself, new public areas and open spaces will be created for the whole community to enjoy.
Location and transport
Powerhouse Parramatta will be centrally located in Parramatta CBD on the bank of the Parramatta River between Church and Phillip Streets and Wilde Avenue. It will be a short walk from a range of public transport options including the Metro, Light Rail, ferries, buses and the Parramatta Railway Station.
Following a competitive tender process Lendlease Building has been appointed the main works contract and is set to begin early next year. In line with the Environmental Planning and Assessment (COVID-19 Development—Construction Work Days) Order (No 3) 2021 work order, construction hours include Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays between the hours of 7am and 5pm. We will take all feasible and reasonable measures to minimise noise and disruption.
Safety is the number one priority for Infrastructure NSW and we are following all health advice in relation to construction sites.
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What works are being carried out now?
Early works are progressing on site. A number of major structures have now been removed including:
The following works are continuing on site:
What will happen during main construction of the project?
Main construction work to deliver the new Powerhouse Parramatta will include:
When will main works start?
Main works is set to begin early 2022.
What impacts can I expect during construction?
The project team have taken every step possible to minimise impacts to the community during the early works. Managing noise and dust are a key focus, with daily mitigation measures in place to manage the impacts. Some of these measures include:
Detailed construction and environment management plans are in place and can be viewed in the Library section.
What are the construction hours and will there be night works?
Construction hours will be Monday to Friday 7am to 6pm and Saturdays 8am to 1pm. Out of hours work are not expected, however all necessary approvals to work outside of the approved hours will be sought before works are carried out.
How will I be kept informed about noisy works?
We are committed to keeping the community informed as the project progresses. Notifications and updates will be publicly available on our website. You can join the mailing list to be emailed project updates.
Will any roads or walkways be closed?
Access to the southern shared path on the riverbank between Wilde Avenue and Church Street will be closed for the duration of the project for the safety of pedestrian, cyclists and workers. Pedestrians and cyclists can use the public bridges along the path to cross the river and detour around the construction site.
How long will construction take?
Main works construction will commence in early 2022 and is forecast to be completed by mid 2024.
Who will be carrying out the works?
Following a competitive tender process Lendlease Building has been appointed the main works contract.
Will the existing heritage buildings be impacted?
The NSW Government is committed to relocating Willow Grove to another location within the Parramatta Local Government Area. In line with the project’s conditions of consent, all work on Willow Grove will be in line with Relocation Framework and Methodology Plan. The plan includes the process of site selection, consultation and deconstruction.
The original heritage section of St George's Terrace will be retained in place on site, and the non-heritage components removed.
Can I still provide feedback on the project?
With the approval of the State Significant Development Application, you can still provide feedback by phoning 1800 679 121 or emailing Powerhouse.Parramatta@infrastructure.nsw.gov.au. Please note that this feedback will be taken as a comment and will not contribute to the assessment made by the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment.
How much will the new Powerhouse cost?
The Government has confirmed a $840 million contribution towards the new Powerhouse Museum at Parramatta and the expansion of the Museum Discovery Centre in Castle Hill.
Why is the project needed?
Parramatta is growing at almost twice the pace of the rest of Australia, and by 2021 the population is expected to grow by 41,000 people. In the next 10 years, Western Sydney will be home to more than half of all Sydneysiders. Powerhouse Parramatta will be the first major NSW cultural institution to be based in Western Sydney, Parramatta, the geographical heart of Sydney.
Once complete, Parramatta Powerhouse will be a world-class museum with a flexible and appealing design including over 18,000 square metres of exhibition and public space to house the museum’s collection of over half a million objects.
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As part of the construction of the new Powerhouse Parramatta, a number of access changes around the site are necessary.READ MORE
On 11 February 2021, the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment approved the State Significant Development Application for Powerhouse Parramatta.READ MORE
The Powerhouse Community Space is now open in Parramatta Square. Visit maas.museum/parramattasquare for opening hours and more information.READ MORE
Infrastructure NSW has now reviewed all 1,300 submissions received during the exhibition of the State Significant Development Application. A Response to Submissions Report has been prepared to address the matters raised and can be viewed here.READ MORE
The exhibition period for the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) has now closed. Infrastructure NSW will now consider all submissions received during the EIS exhibition period and respond to the matters raised in a Response to Submissions Report.READ MORE
An Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) has been developed as part of the State Significant Development Application for the new Powerhouse in Parramatta. The EIS for the Powerhouse in Parramatta can be viewed here.READ MORE
The design for the new Powerhouse Museum has been selected following an international design competition.