- Written by Teela Griffin Penrith City Council (02) 4732 7777 (02) 4732 7958 email@example.com https://www.penrithcity.nsw.gov.au 601 High St Penrith NSW 2750 Australia
Penrith City Council is transforming Soper Place car park into a unique destination that blends work, leisure and play, while delivering extra parking for Penrith.
Soper Place Revitalisation is an exciting, city-shaping project that will help renew Penrith’s City Centre and have major benefits for residents, workers, visitors and local businesses.
The new development will revitalise part of the existing street level car park into a vibrant precinct with more car parking, commercial offices and green space including:
- Multi-storey car parking with 600 additional spaces
- Four storey office building with approximately 6,204 sqm of A-grade commercial space
- Multi-use community space, called the Public Room, with 931 sqm of floor space
- Public rooftop garden and green building façade to help combat urban heat
- New paths and greenery on the ground level
The design for Soper Place was decided through a NSW Government Design Excellence Competition and judged by a panel of independent industry professionals. The winning design was created by architects Durbach Block Jaggers, and seamlessly integrates commercial, community and nature to support Council’s Cooling the City initiatives.
This inspirational design has been lodged as part of Council's Development Application (DA) for the project. You can view the DA for Soper Place Revitalisation via Council’s online DA tracker by searching DA20/0858 here.
Why are we transforming Soper Place?
Council is transforming Soper Place as a key part of our larger city-shaping vision, which will see Penrith connected from the CBD through to the Nepean River by beautiful parks and places for people to live, work and enjoy.
This project will renew our City Centre creating activated, ever-evolving spaces for the community to explore. It will also boost the supply of A-grade commercial space in Penrith to improve employment opportunities close to home and secure our position as an employment hub in Western Sydney.
The revitalisation of Soper Place will not only deliver additional parking. It will be a new destination in our City, providing improved opportunities for residents to work, commute and enjoy a new setting for leisure and play.
Alternative parking options
While the development is underway, alternative nearby 9-hour parking (243 parking spaces) is available at North Street car park, located on the corner of Henry and Doonmore Street, approximately five minutes walk from Soper Place.
To find out more about available parking in the City Centre, you can download Penrith’s Parking app ParkPenrith and an interactive map at: penrithcity.nsw.gov.au/parking.
What is happening at Soper Place?
Penrith City Council is transforming part of the existing street level car park at Soper Place, to create 600 additional multi-storey car spaces, new commercial offices, community areas and public green space to revitalise Penrith and help combat rising urban heat.
Soper Place Revitalisation is part of Council’s vision to renew our City Centre and connect Penrith from the CBD through to the Nepean River by beautiful parks and places for people to live, work and enjoy.
In 2019 a NSW Government Design Excellence Competition was held for Soper Place, with the design from architects Durbach Block Jaggers chosen as the winner.
A Development Application (DA) for the project was submitted by Council for assessment in December 2020 and will be determined by the Sydney Western City Planning Panel.
What are the features of Soper Place?
The Soper Place Revitalisation proposes to deliver:
- Multi-storey car parking with 600 additional car parking spaces - including 11 accessible car parking spaces, 24 x motorbike parking spaces and 44 x bicycle parking spaces - responding directly to projected demand for parking in the City Centre.
- An A-Grade four storey office building with approximately 6,204 sqm of commercial floor area.
- Multi-use community space – the public room – 931 sqm of floor space.
- Public rooftop garden and green building facade, contributing to cooling the city.
- Public domain works at the ground level and extensive planting of the public rooftop garden – 2,600 sqm.
Where is Soper Place located?
Soper Place is located between Belmore Street and Lawson Street in the Penrith City Centre with access via Lawson and Woodriff Streets.
What are the benefits of Soper Place?
Soper Place Revitalisation aims to deliver a significant area of living green facade, an extensive rooftop garden and public domain planting. These green elements will contribute to reducing urban heat and Cooling the City, which helps maintain Penrith’s liveability. The community space aims to include a multi-sports court that can be used for recreation or a range of community events such as markets, events and concerts. The four storeys of commercial space will improve the limited supply of A-grade commercial offices in Penrith, helping to strengthen our role as an employment hub in Western Sydney and locate jobs close to home.
Will parking be affected at Soper Place during the development?
Council anticipates that 120 parking spaces will be unavailable during the transformation of Soper Place. More details will be provided on this once construction of Stage Two begins. Alternative nearby 9-hour parking (243 parking spaces) is available at North Street car park, located on the corner of Henry and Doonmore Street, approximately five minutes walk from Soper Place. North Street car park was strategically delivered by Council in 2019 ahead of any work starting to transform Soper Place. To find out more about available parking in the City Centre, you can download Penrith’s Parking app ParkPenrith and an interactive map at: penrithcity.nsw.gov.au/parking.
What impact will the development have on businesses around Soper Place?
Council is working hard to minimise disruption for businesses around Soper Place. Council is also in regular contact with surrounding businesses to update them on the project and discuss upcoming works.
What is happening in Stage 1?
Soper Place Revitalisation will occur in two stages. Stage 1 involves early works to prepare the site for development. Council partnered with Statewide Civil to deliver these works, including relocating ageing storm water infrastructure, relocating electrical cabling and changes to parking access. This work began in August 2020 and is expected to be complete in November 2021.
What is happening in Stage 2?
Stage 2 involves the construction of the new development at Soper Place. Work will commence following Development Application determination and is expected to start in early 2022.
How I can get more information?