Cranes litter the skyline, commuters barely notice scaffolding at transit hubs and large trenches of sand go unnoticed. While this not may faze Perth locals, if you are a visitor to Perth you are likely to be asking yourself, “what is happening in this city?”
A number of projects are underway in Perth, representing an exciting opportunity for development and improvement in the capital of Western Australia.
The Elizabeth Quay project will change the face of the Perth foreshore by reconnecting the Swan River with the Central Business District. Ten hectares of land will be redeveloped between Barrack and William streets, including a 2.7 hectare inlet. The development will incorporate civic, commercial, residential, retail and cultural attractions with 60% of the project expected to be publicly accessible. Expressions of interest for food and beverage outlets are now open.
Perth City Link
The Perth City link will sink the Fremantle rail line from Perth Station to King Street and place the Wellington Street bus station underground. This sinking of public transport infrastructure will create a key pedestrian link between Northbridge, the city centre and the foreshore. It is expected that this will encourage connectivity and movement from the Perth Central Business District to the Northbridge cultural hub.
As part of this project, existing WA Government land holdings will be redeveloped and improved. Currently, expressions of interest are being sought from experienced developers for a hotel and mixed-use development opportunity.
East Perth Power Station
The Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority’s vision for the East Perth Power Station project is to transform the former industrial site into a vibrant waterfront destination and community with a mix of living, working and leisure opportunities.
Currently, Master Planning is being undertaken to establish a framework for the future use for the land. The design framework will aim to focus on the site’s special characteristics and heritage, while developing a sustainable mix of living, working and recreational activities including a variety of public open spaces. We are watching this space.