Designs have been revealed for the InterContinental Parramatta to be developed at 197 Church Street, in the heart of Western Sydney.
The site sits at the nexus of Parramatta’s ongoing transformation, at one of the city’s most culturally significant intersections. An InterContinental hotel – the first luxury hotel in Parramatta – will contribute to the city’s growth by bringing luxury to this destination.
The project encompasses a 4,300 square-metre site bounded by Church, Macquarie and Marsden Streets, including the 32-storey hotel as well as 25 floors of commercial offices and significant public gathering spaces.
A site of such importance requires considered design thinking. Scott Carver Architects’ approach was significantly shaped by conversations with their indigenous partner, Matthew Fellingham, and what caring for Country means to First Nation peoples.
These conversations revealed opportunities to instinctually connect the architecture to the land through a design narrative that is rich in culture and heritage. The result is a through site link, Ngara Nura Way, that underpins the built form above, and bookends the customer journey and experience.
“Our key design principles are equal parts physical and philosophical, driven by geomorphology, contextual history, community, and the urban framework. Importantly, these key principles are also underpinned by cultural layering and connection to Country and ground the hotel and commercial towers as they rise to form a unique imprint on the Parramatta CBD skyline,” said Nicholas Bandounas, Director, Scott Carver.
A Sense of Occasion
Guests arrive to the hotel via Ngara Nura Way. The lobby presents visitors with a choice; join the action in the
restaurant and bar, or slip away for a quiet cocktail in the lobby lounge. The property will feature 200 generously appointed guestrooms, a spa, pool and rooftop bar, which affords 360-degree views over two floors.
Jael Fischer, Director of Development – Australasia & Pacific at IHG Hotels & Resorts, which will operate the hotel, said: “As the world’s first global hotel brand that has been pioneering luxury travel since 1946, InterContinental Hotels & Resorts is famous for bringing iconic properties with modern luxury design to destinations around the world. We are so excited to see InterContinental Parramatta come to life with this brilliantly cosmopolitan design that draws on the brand’s iconic heritage, with a strong connection to community.”
InterContinental Parramatta is slated to open in 2025.