Former Cumberland News Site

Dyldam Developments / Parramatta, Australia

The former Cumberland News site design excellence competition called for a design solution that would transform the area and act as a catalyst for regeneration whilst celebrating the unique contextual parameters of the site. The scheme sought to create a balance between planning requirements and a community program for the public realm. As part of the urban design solution the development will seamlessly integrate several new streets with the river foreshore and adjacent CBD.

McGregor Coxall presented a proposal with team lead PTW and team member Collins and Turner that challenged the existing brief and strove for an outcome that would benefit both the community and client. The proposals public domain boasts a cultural plaza, community garden, ground floor markets, a shareway that activates the core of the site, 3 lane ways, and active podium rooftops that overlook it all.

Site Area

1.63 ha


  • Competition
  • Development Feasibility
  • Guidelines
  • Land Use and Spatial Studies
  • Landscape Master Plan
  • Public Domain Strategy
  • Public Realm Planning and Design
  • Shared Streets
  • Site Massing Studies
  • Streetscape
  • Urban Design Framework
  • Waterfeature
  • Water Sensitive Urban Design [WSUD]
  • Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems [SUDS]
  • Stormwater Harvesting and Reuse


  • PTW Architects
  • Dyldam Developments