Soper Place Revitalisation
Image 1 & 2: Artists impression of Soper Place development
Penrith Council is transforming Soper Place car park in the City Centre. This is an exciting, city-shaping project that will help renew our City and will have major benefits for residents, workers, visitors and local businesses.
Part of the existing street level car park at Soper Place (consisting of 120 car spaces) is going to be developed. The new development will provide 600 additional decked car parking spaces, new mixed use commercial premises and green space for the community for recreation and to help combat urban heat.
This project forms part of a 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.
The design for Soper Place was decided by a NSW Government Design Excellence Competition, judged by a panel of leading industry professionals. The winning design, by architects Durbach Block Jaggers, is pictured above.
This inspirational design is now progressing to a detailed design, ahead of Council lodging a Development Application (DA) later this year. During the DA process, formal consultation will be undertaken with the local community.
WHAT COUNCIL IS DOING NOW
To prepare for this development, Penrith City Council first needs to relocate underground services at Soper Place. These works are being carried out by an external contractor, Statewide Civil.
These preparation works include:
- Relocating and upgrading ageing storm water infrastructure
- Relocating sewer and electrical cabling
- Changes to interim car parking access for Soper Place
Approximately 80 parking spaces in Soper Place will be temporarily unavailable while these works occur.
We will be doing the work in phases, and where possible at night, to help minimise disruption to surrounding businesses and regular car park users.
Traffic control measures and signs will be in place to help navigate changes. Council will also be working closely with Statewide Civil to consult with local businesses before these works begin and as they progress. To see an overview of where upcoming works in Soper Place will occur please click on the attached map.
ALTERNATIVE PARKING OPTIONS
Alterative nearby 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 use Penrith’s Parking app and interactive map at: penrithcity.nsw.gov.au/parking
WHY ARE WE TRANSFORMING SOPER PLACE?
We are renewing the city centre to make it easier for everyone to access and enjoy Penrith, and to provide opportunities for businesses to grow and thrive.
The relocation of ageing infrastructure to prepare for the new development at Soper Place means Council can deliver a development solution for Penrith which actively contributes to Cooling the City, instead of just providing more parking.
The revitalisation of Soper Place will not only deliver additional parking. It will be a new destination in our City that will provide improved opportunities for Penrith residents to work, commute and enjoy a new setting for leisure and play.
Work will begin in mid-August 2020 and is expected to be finished in early 2021.
General enquiries: For general information about the project, please contact Council’s Property team on 4732 8229 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Works enquiries: For any detailed questions about the preparation works, please contact Council’s Major Projects team on 4732 8099.