McGregor Coxall, designs for the Parramatta CBD, which embraces the Parramatta River.Water has been a key element in previous architectural plans for the redesign of the Maitland Heritage Mall.
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McGregor Coxall, appointed to the project by Maitland City Council, had previously completed designs for the Taree waterfront and for the Parramatta CBD, that embraces the Parramatta River.

MCC general manager David Evans said their work with McGregor Coxall was only beginning.

“Fundamentally their success was based on their tender bid, the experience of the consortium of specialists working for them, the relevance of their previous work and the value proposition of their bid,” he said.

“McGregor Coxall was selected as a result of a robust and competitive tender process.”

The company’s Parramatta design was part of a $100 million Parramatta council plan to revitalise its CBD.

The project analysed key development sites, heritage items, open space, water and cultural assets as a basis for building a new city brand and waterfront.

The design turned the city toward the river and proposed four new vibrant mixed-use river quarters.

At Taree, McGregor Coxall drew up plans that encompassed the Manning River and remnant cultural heritage sites along the 20 hectare site.

The $3m project is still in its infancy but involves three precincts.

One will be a mixed-use zone with a retail and commercial heart, together with residential dwellings.

The second precinct will be a residential village within scenic existing landscape elements of the creek and the river. And the third precinct will be a working waterfront-commercial marina.

Mr Evans said while Maitland residents were keen to know what the Heritage Mall might look like, it might take some time.

“We will now have an engagement meeting with McGregor Coxall in which we will sit down as consultant and principal for the first time and discuss the project in detail,” he said.

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