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Rothelowman selected as winning architect to deliver Novus’s next Build to Rent Project – Novus on Harris in Parramatta


Following a design excellence competition, Rothelowman has been selected to lead both the interior and exterior design, in partnership with town planners, Think Planners for Novus’ next Build to Rent project.

Novus on Harris — positioned on a corner site (Hassall Street and Harris Street) and fronting Robin Thomas Reserve — will provide future residents with views spanning over the park and Sydney CBD, with an abundance of amenity and transport in close proximity.

The site will deliver a mixed-use precinct with retail and commercial space, in excess of 200 apartments with a diverse offering of studio, one, two and three bedrooms units and associated amenity with a focus on health and wellness.

With the development application to be submitted before Christmas and construction set to commence mid-2023, Novus on Harris will provide a new level of apartment living to Western Sydney.

Rothelowman Principal Ben Pomroy, says, “The architecture responds to the environmental factors of the area, with each façade tailored to its specific climactic context using different materials, colours and tones.

“With any Build to Rent project, communal spaces and a strong amenity offering, considering the end user is integral. The flexible shared spaces at Novus on Harris will seamlessly integrate residents from their local community to their home,” Pomroy says.


The ground floor has been conceived as a platform that touches the ground lightly, resting above the street level.

The main lobby and communal facilities for residents is situated at level two, among the tree canopies, connecting residents to the natural environment.


The residential development will feature a rooftop consisting of intimate terraces, large social sundecks, barbeque areas, yoga and picnic lawns and a private dining and lounge.

In consultation with two Parramatta locals; Teribelang-Bunda artist Geoff Sellman & designer Simon Alexander Cook, Novus on Harris is designed with Country and respects local landscape and biophilia, incorporating materials and hues inspired by local context creating a meeting place of meaning that is connected to the park, river and the creek at the edge of the city.