Located proudly on the corner of Macquarie and O’Connell streets, in the heart of Sydney’s second CBD, the new Club Parramatta is nearing completion – overlooking the World Heritage-listed Parramatta Park, and just minutes walking distance from BankWest Stadium, Westmead Hospital, Westfield Parramatta and Parramatta Station.
Upon completion, the venue, being delivered by CHRG (formerly referred to as Castle Hill RSL Group), will be a flagship $45 million hospitality, leisure and entertainment destination, which includes exciting new dining concepts, a children’s play area, multipurpose function and events spaces, and a stylish open-air rooftop bar that’s perfect for watching sports on the big screen.
Scheduled for completion in early 2020, Club Parramatta will showcase a design concept like no other currently offered in Parramatta – with wall-to-wall windows creating an abundance of natural light and integration with the outdoors, including the club’s 70 metre terrace that flanks the building.
David O’Neil, Group Chief Executive Officer of CHRG, said the new Club, and its offering, will be a remarkable venue that’s better integrated and connected with the community than ever before.
“We are thrilled to see our vision for Club Parramatta come to life – a hospitality, leisure and entertainment destination that will be welcome to all. Over the years, we recognised that it became increasingly challenging to evolve Parramatta RSL in line with the evolving needs of the community, so being able to deliver a modern new place for the people of Parramatta, and visitors, is incredibly exciting for us all.”
Club Parramatta has been constructed in front of Parramatta RSL, which continues to operate during major construction activity. CHRG is currently exploring options for future use of the Parramatta RSL site, which will close in December 2019 to make room for an exciting complementary future facility that will also provide underground car parking for members of Club Parramatta.
The history of the club, site and its surrounds remain an important aspect of the redevelopment and operations – ensuring that it continues to support veterans and their incredible work for members and the broader community.
Following a complete archaeological dig to identify and preserve the convict, colonial, indigenous and military history of the club and site, an extensive arts plan has been incorporated into the design, in recognition of its rich history.
“We are committed to ensuring that our support of veterans and their families continues, which is why we have supported the Parramatta RSL sub-Branch with the relocation of their offices to provide them with greater exposure.
“Their new location, at 7 Macquarie Street, will house a dedicated Office and Administration area and a House of History and Memorabilia – showcasing decades of war relics and keepsakes for current and future generations to learn from. This will be clearly branded for the Parramatta RSL sub-Branch,” said Mr O’Neil.
The Ode of Remembrance Book, the Memorial and Eternal Flame, and Dedication Stones will be retained and relocated into a prime location. A Tribute Fountain and other interpretive art will be included as part of the project’s Art Plan.
“Interpretive art, which forms part of stage 1 and stage 2 of the project, will capture the spirit of ANZAC and our veterans who gave their yesterday for our tomorrow. Importantly, the new Club will continue with the Ode and providing dedicated spaces and support to Legacy, War Widows and other veteran welfare services and groups within Club Parramatta,” Mr O’Neil added.
CHRG will continue to fund City of Parramatta RSL sub-Branch administrative and welfare services, as well as provide dedicated spaces and support to Legacy, War Widows and a number of other initiatives to support modern veterans and their families.
- A new food and beverage offering, including a restaurant, café and noodle and dumpling house on the ground floor that includes everything from ‘snatch and go’ meals for local workforce, to affordable dining options for an enjoyable night out.
- A stylish and contemporary rooftop bar and function space, with an innovative food and beverage offering, as well as giant screens – making it the perfect place to soak up the atmosphere while watching sporting events.
- 70 metre long outdoor terrace space with fireplaces, lighting and comfortable seating, where you’ll soak up the sounds from the nearby Parramatta Park and BankWest Stadium.
- Multipurpose function and events rooms, including open air rooftop areas.
- New large-format children’s play area, overlooking Parramatta Park.
“CHRG continues to grow from strength to strength – diversifying its asset portfolio and cementing the group’s profile and position as one of the leading hospitality organisations in the industry,” Mr O’Neil, said.
With the second largest economy in NSW, the city of Parramatta is fast becoming Sydney’s alternative central business district. Located just 24km from Sydney’s CBD, an increasing number of businesses and individuals are choosing to settle in the area and Parramatta’s population is booming.
Over the next 20 years, it is projected that the population will rise by almost 150 per cent, the biggest growth in the country, with 35,000 people expecting to call the suburb home by 2036, up from just over 14,000.
CHRG (formerly referred to as Castle Hill RSL Group) owns and operates a diverse range of places – including Castle Hill RSL Club, Castle Hill Fitness & Aquatic Centre, Parramatta RSL, the new Club Parramatta, Lynwood Country Club and Lynwood Golf, on behalf of its Members. Our 50,000 members are people from all walks of life who visit our places to come together and share positive experiences – from dining, live music and social events, to sports, recreation and educational programs. CHRG is committed to the provision of services that positively impact the communities in which it operates and therefore supports a multitude of community services and activities – providing support for veterans, sponsoring youth programs, getting behind the arts, and providing grants to a number of local sporting and community groups. For more information, visit www.chrg.com.au.
For more information, please contact:
Head of Corporate Affairs, CHRG
0466 598 098