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 will establish a benchmark for museums as an institution that is innately flexible. Seven large exhibition spaces will provide more access than ever before to the half a million objects in the Powerhouse Collection.
Powerhouse Parramatta will be centrally located in the Parramatta CBD on the bank of the Parramatta River. It will offer access to an array of transport hubs, full access to the river frontage and contribute to Parramatta’s many open and public spaces. Powerhouse Parramatta plans to welcome over two million visitors in its first year.
Early works are now underway.
Please read our latest Project Update for more information on the early works or visit our Latest Updates section for the most up-to-date construction information.
POWERHOUSE COMMUNITY SPACE
Visit us at the Powerhouse Community Space in Parramatta Square. You can learn more about the project, the Powerhouse Museum and its iconic Collection.
Since opening in December 2020, over 1,100 people have visited the Powerhouse Community Space. Read our three month summary report.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE PROJECT
Please visit our library section to learn more about the project, or contact the project team on the details below.
If you have any questions or would like to subscribe to project updates, please contact the Project Team using the details below:
Phone 1800 679 121
START OF EARLY WORKS
What works are being carried out now?
Early works on site are commencing. Over the coming weeks, the following works will commence on site:
How is the project being staged?
The project is being delivered in two stages – early works followed by major construction work.
What will happen during Stage One of the project?
The following activities will be carried out during Stage One:
What will happen during Stage Two of the project?
Construction work to deliver the new Powerhouse Parramatta will include:
What impacts can I expect during construction?
The project team will take every step possible to minimise impacts to the community during the early works. Managing noise and dust will be a key focus, with daily mitigation measures in place to manage the impacts. Some of these measures include:
Detailed construction and environment management plans will be in place and can be viewed in the library section of the project webpage.
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. Regular notification updates will be publicly available on our website. You can join the mailing list on our website to be emailed project updates.
If you have any questions, would like to speak with the project team or join the project mailing list, please contact us by calling 1800 679 121 or emailing email@example.com
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. The stairs from Wilde Avenue down to the riverbank will also be closing in the coming weeks. 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?
It is envisaged that the overall construction process will take around three to four years to complete. A construction timeline will be confirmed when a contractor is on board.
Who will be carrying out the works?
There will be separate contractors to manage the early works and the major construction works. Details will be available on our website. For any enquiries about the work, please contact us by calling 1800 679 121 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Will the existing heritage buildings be impacted?
The NSW Government is relocating Willow Grove to another location within the Parramatta Local Government Area. In line with the project’s conditions of consent, no work will commence on the deconstruction of Willow Grove until a Relocation Framework and Methodology Plan for the process of site selection, consultation and deconstruction has been developed.
The original heritage section of St George's Terrace will be retained in place on site, and the non-heritage components will be 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?
We are yet to finalise the cost to build the new Museum as it is subject to selection of a builder. The overall budget will be reviewed when we know the contract price for the new Museum and we have more detailed costings on the relocation of Willow Grove and retention of St Georges Terrace.
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.
Water from the heavy rain event on Saturday 20 March wouldn’t have come within four metres of the future Museum’s ground floor.
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.