PHIVE Parramatta Square

PHIVE is the centrepiece of Parramatta Square’s $2.7 billion transformation. The building is a library and cultural facility filled with community and exhibition spaces, as well as the City of Parramatta’s Council Chambers. It acts as a new city landmark, a place where locals can meet, discover, learn and share. PHIVE was designed by Australian firms, DesignInc and Lacoste+Stevenson and French firm Manuelle Gautrand Architecture. Northrop provided structural and civil engineering services to the detailed design and construction phase of the project. 

This was a challenging project on a highly constrained brownfield site with a significant 2 level basement, below the water table. The concrete framed structure supports a complex steel framed integrated facade and roof structure, providing a striking feature adjacent to the existing building. 

Meticulous project planning and weekly client updates were key to successful completion, for a project such as this which had multiple design teams working at once to deliver under tight construction programs. To achieve these deadlines required by the client, Northrop had design teams working on 5 different packages concurrently with a job manager responsible for collaborating the packages together and communicating back to the client.

"Northrop loved the challenge of designing such a bespoke steel roof, which gives the building its abstract shape. We cannot wait to see the community of Western Sydney interact and experience the building we helped to deliver for them." - Lachlan Sykes - Associate, Structural Engineer | Northrop Consulting Engineers 

Discover more about the iconic architectural design here. Or if you want to hear more about the complex engineering involved to deliver this project, contact Lachlan Sykes ( or Aaron Hughes about your next landmark project on 02 9241 4188. 

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Construction Value
$130 million

Winner - (Commercial) » Public Buildings, $50M - $200M - MBA NSW Awards 2023 (Builder: Built) 

Excellence in Sustainability - Commercial - MBA NSW Awards 2023 (Builder: Built) 

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