Charles Street Square

City of Parramatta Council is preparing concept designs to transform Charles Street Square at Parramatta Quay, one of a number of planned foreshore improvement projects that will strengthen the connection between our city and its river.

The project will bring to life Charles Street Square, attract more visitors to the Parramatta Quay precinct, and create a memorable experience at one of the major gateways to our city.

The Charles Street Square project will resolve some of the issues identified through earlier stakeholder and community engagement. This improved urban design will provide a more attractive, accessible and useable public space.  The Charles Street Square project will also complement the NSW Government’s upgrade of the ferry wharf to create a vibrant meeting place for visitors and our community. 

Project Timeline

  • March - April 2019 - Site investigations, stakeholder consultations and concept development
  • Mid 2019 - Stakeholder and community engagement and public exhibition of concept designs
  • Early 2020 - Design approvals and tender
  • Mid 2020 - 2021 Construction.

Where can I get more information?

City of Parramatta plans to work closely with owners, residents and businesses in the Charles Street Square precinct to create a place of special character. As the project design takes shape there will be opportunities to provide feedback.

For information on Charles Street Square at Parramatta Quay, please email or contact Council’s project team on 9806 5050.

As the project progresses, more information will be available on this page.

Latest News

May 2019

As part of early environmental investigation works to support the transformation of Charles Street Square, a geotechnical survey will be undertaken by Council’s specialist consultants commencing Tuesday 21 May 2019. 

Work will take place between 7am-5pm, weekdays (Monday to Friday only). Subject to weather and site conditions, work is expected to be completed within two days. 

Geotechnical works program

This geotechnical work will involve drilling small boreholes (around 10cm in diameter), to a depth of up to six metres in 14 locations across the site. Testing will require the use of a range of equipment including a ute-mounted auger.

For safety, an area around each borehole will be closed to the public, with staff directing pedestrians around the test sites as required. Once the borehole has been reinstated, capped and the area certified for safe use, the test site will be reopened.  

Who can I speak with and where can I get more information or accessible information?

While Council does not anticipate this work to be intrusive or cause disruption, please contact Council’s Charles Street Square project team if you have any further questions or concerns.  

Council is committed to making sure everyone can access the information they need in a format that is right for them. 

If you would like to be added to the Charles Street Square contact list to receive updates, need more information or information supplied in another language or format, please email  or contact Council’s Charles Street Square project team on 9806 5050. 

February 2019

From March 2019, City of Parramatta and its consultants will begin early site investigations and environmental studies in and around Charles Street Square.

While Council does not expect any of this preliminary work to be intrusive or cause disruption to business operations or residents, if you would like more information on planned early site works, please contact the project team.

Parramatta Wharf upgrade

Charles Street Square project will complement the NSW Government’s upgrade of the ferry wharf to create a vibrant meeting place for visitors and our community.

It is expected RMS will begin work on the Parramatta ferry wharf in April 2019. For more information on this NSW Government project please see Transport Roads & Maritime Services website.

Charles Street Square Strategy