Woods Bagot principal Jason Fraser said the scheme for 131 Henry Street was uniquely focused on both community and workplace to create a building that benefits the public whilst delivering a workplace of the future.
Building on the wellness and sustainability tenets of the development, the key to its longevity is to design the building with flexibility, capable of adapting to changing user needs.
“This building is fundamentally different from commercial buildings of the past. It will offer a diverse range of experiences where people can work one day in a garden in the sun, the next at a quiet indoor location and the following at a rooftop overlooking the park.
“Reinforcing its place in civic life by providing a multitude of public uses, green space will flow through the site and connect it with the future City Park, creating a heart to the civic and education precinct,” Fraser said.
Well-positioned in the heart of Penrith’s CBD, this commercial building will offer future occupants the ease and convenience of retail, restaurants and major public transport links on their doorstep, while also being adjacent to the future City Park.
131 Henry Street was the former home of Council from 1958 until the relocation of Council in 1993 to its current premises. The history of the site will be celebrated through a robust heritage interpretation strategy which includes the reuse of building elements and high-quality public domain features.
The winning design will undergo further design development and refinement with the development application to be lodged by the end of 2021.
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