THE FORRESTFIELD AIRPORT LINK
This rail project offers the transport solution to connect the community and Perth CBD with Perth Airport, the eastern suburbs and regional centres.
The airport link, known as The Forrestfield Line, commences in 2016 and comprises three new stations and 3000 parking bays. The Consolidated Airport Station will be underground for both domestic and international flights at Perth Airport once the project is complete.
The 8.5km rail link will spur to the east off the existing Midland line and run underground for 8km, reducing surface impact to the community, roads and environment above the ground.
TIMELINE First train operating in 2020
STATE NETBALL CENTRE
The Department of Sport and Recreation (DSR) has been the lead client agency on the State Netball Centre (SNC), contributing funding of more than $26m via the WA Government. The centre, on Selby Street, Wembley, is part of an ongoing commitment to investing in major sporting infrastructure.
Architects Sandover Pinder + dwp|suters, and PS Structures created the State Netball Centre to encompass four indoor netball courts, spectator seating for 1050 people, nine competitor changeroom facilities (including a dedicated
one for West Coast Fever), kiosk facility, office space for Netball WA and West Coast Fever, universally accessible amenities, a rehab room, and volleyball and badminton courts.
The adjacent Matthews Netball Centre (which the State Government also funded) hosts an average of 600 teams in their winter season – around 6000 players (of all ages), plus spectators.
TIMELINE Completed March 2015
KOOMBANA BAY FORESHORE, BUNBURY WATERFRONT
LandCorp’s rejuvenation of Bunbury Waterfront continues, with the first landmark site at Koombana North now under contract.
LandCorp has signed a contract of sale for $1.5m with Queensland-based AustPro Management Services Group, which plans to bring a mix of retail, office, hospitality and residential apartments to the precinct.
Located right on the Koombana North foreshore, Lots 1 and 2 are the landmark sites of this latest precinct within the Bunbury Waterfront rejuvenation, and will become the northern gateway to Western Australia’s second-largest regional city.
Once developed, the two sites will complement and enhance the newly landscaped foreshore by offering a range of shops, services and eateries on the ground floor, with permanent residential apartments on the upper levels, bringing activity and vibrancy to the area.
Development of the Koombana North foreshore has already become a destination for residents and visitors alike, boasting barbecue and picnic facilities, viewing platforms across the magnificent Koombana Bay, disabled access to the ski beach, grassed areas with deckchairs, and a new boardwalk and cycle path.
AustPro is expected to lodge its development application with the City of Bunbury by the end of the year, with building to begin within 36 months of settlement.
COST Estimated $20.3m
SIZE 12,945sqm (Koombana North);
13,224sqm (Marlston North)
TIMELINE Ongoing development
On July 2, 2015, the journey towards safer roads and communities in Perth’s southern suburbs achieved a major milestone, with the conditional environmental approval of the Roe Highway Extension (Roe 8) by the Minister for Environment.
The primary objective of the NorthLinkWA project is to enhance freight efficiency and productivity by reducing travel time between Metropolitan Perth and the northwest of Australia. This comprises two separately funded projects as part of a wider series of improvements to the Perth-Darwin National Highway. The first involves the construction of a new 37km highway link between the junction of Reid Highway/Tonkin Highway in Morley, and Muchea in the Shire of Chittering. Most of the freight traffic currently using Great Northern Highway through the Swan Valley will transfer onto this new route. Tonkin Grade Separations involves an upgrade to the northern end of Tonkin Highway in the Morley area, including new interchanges at Tonkin Highway’s junctions with Collier Road and Morley Drive, and a flyover taking Benara Road over Tonkin Highway. Construction is scheduled to commence in early 2016.
THE CITY OF PERTH LIBRARY & PLAZA
Perth’s first major civic development since the Perth Concert Hall opened in 1973 is set for completion in the final quarter of 2015.
Kerry Hill Architects’ seven-storey glass structure includes Perth’s largest living wall (13m), recently installed by Martin Cuthbert Landscapes. Doric builders have craned in a large weeping fig (Ficus Benjamina) through the circular roof of the Library. This ‘Tree of Knowledge’ will be a focus and talking point in the Level 6 children’s area.
At the heart of the Cathedral + Treasury Precinct, the purpose-built Library will offer collections, reading rooms, storytelling zones, AV/multifunction rooms, History Centre, exhibition space, cafe, wi-fi, and access to virtual and digital resources.
The exterior features 250 cubic metres of Austral Verde stone from Norseman, and a ceiling mural of native flora and fauna by Perth artist Andrew Nicholls.
At Level 6, the outdoor terrace will have views to Council House and Stirling Gardens, and overlook the adjoining Plaza, an active public event space.
SIZE Approximately 3500sqm over seven levels
TIMELINE Late 2015
PERTH CITY LINK
Perth City Link is currently one of Australia’s most significant transit-oriented development projects.
It will create five new connections between Perth’s central business district and Northbridge, provide 1650 new residential dwellings, and 244,000sqm of retail and commercial space, and create high-quality public spaces. Yagan Square is the flagship public space of the Perth City Link project, situated within the arms of the Horseshoe Bridge. It will feature an amphitheatre, fresh-food market, children’s play area, native gardens, water feature, public art, and a digital tower with the capability to broadcast real-time events.
The Kings Square precinct, currently under construction by Leighton Properties will contain 95,000sqm of office space, 7000sqm of retail space, and 520 apartments. Recent construction milestones have seen the topping out of the first four buildings, for completion at the end of 2015. Kings Square will house the offices of HBF, Shell Australia and John Holland, among others.
The new underground bus station is also due for completion in early 2016.
NEW PERTH STADIUM AND SPORTS PRECINCT
Construction of the new Perth Stadium and Sports Precinct commenced in December 2014, with the project on schedule to open in time for the start of the 2018 AFL season.
The 60,000-seat, multi-purpose stadium will be capable of hosting AFL, rugby union and league, football (soccer), and cricket, as well as major world-class entertainment events. It will offer the widest range of seating, hospitality options, and state-of-the-art technology in the country, including some of the largest video screens in Australia.
The Stadium will be surrounded by an activated Sports Precinct with restaurants, children’s playgrounds, picnic and barbecue facilities, and bike paths.
A range of public transport infrastructure has been integrated into the design, and will move more than 80 per cent of a capacity crowd.
On the Peninsula, fans will be able to use a new six-platform rail station, bus stands and a new pedestrian bridge linking the Burswood Peninsula to East Perth.
COST Stadium and Sports Precinct, $912.3m; transport infrastructure, $358.6m
SIZE 6ha (the northern portion of the Burswood Peninsula)
SCARBOROUGH MASTER PLAN
Scarborough’s revitalisation will draw on its unique identity and create a contemporary, vibrant beach destination that is a hub of activity with restaurants, cafes, shops, entertainment and a range of events and activities for people
of all ages, day and night.
The MRA released the draft Scarborough Master Plan in January 2015 for the site, which stretches 1.6km along the Scarborough beachfront. It includes the creation of four new foreshore destinations.
Sunset Hill is a modern park with skating elements, anchored by retail and an iconic green hill that provides direct access to the beach. Scarborough Square will be a sheltered ‘town square’ in the heart of the redevelopment, surrounded by cafes, restaurants and shops, and programmed to support ongoing activity including markets, performances and food trucks. Clock Tower will provide a visual and physical gateway to Scarborough and connections with key activity hubs, while The Beach Hub features the redeveloped surf lifesaving facilities, a flagship bar/restaurant and all-season play facilities including a water playground and pool.
TIMELINE A series of major works is planned to commence on site in early 2016
MIDLAND MASTER PLAN
Midland has gone through an incredible transformation over the past 10 to 15 years to become a key major metropolitan centre serving Perth’s north-eastern corridor, as well as the Perth Hills and rural Wheatbelt communities.
In May 2015, the Midland Master Plan was released, bringing forward developments that will deliver real social, economic and environmental benefits for the area.
The plan proposes almost 7000 new dwellings, more than 155,000sqm of office and retail space, and about 200,000sqm of civic and cultural spaces.
In the same month, a new Curtin University medical school was announced for construction near the GP Super Clinic and the new Midland Public and Private Hospital.
COST $490m (government investment); $4.7b (investment attraction)
TIMELINE Construction of the $360m Midland Public Hospital was completed in June 2015, with a projected opening of November 2015
The eastern gateway of the CBD is building up to an extraordinary transformation, and the creation of a new inner-city community.
The MRA (Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority) project will see the development of 4000 new homes and commercial space for 6000 workers.
The project includes the Waterbank precinct being developed by Lend Lease, the Queens Riverside precinct by Frasers Property Australia, and the redevelopment of the former Chemistry Centre site on Hay Street by local developer Diploma Properties Pty Ltd. The Chemistry Centre is the most recent addition to the project and will become a mixed-use development with more than 200 apartments, dining venues and shops. Construction of this new urban precinct site is expected to commence in 2016.
The flagship Waterbank precinct (adjacent to the Causeway) will feature more than 900 residences, and provide a place of work for up to 1500 employees post construction, offering local retail and a potential hotel development. It will be built around a direct extension of Hay Street down to the river and will feature a natural beach area and jetty with landscaped boardwalks, cafes, bars, tourist facilities and high-quality public open spaces.
COST $141m (government investment);
$2b (private investment)
TIMELINE Frasers Property Australia is well into delivery of the $450million Queens Riverside precinct, with the construction of the last of three remaining apartment and residential towers, Lily (QI) currently underway
Elizabeth Quay will reconnect the city with the Swan River and form the southern anchor of a vital north-south connection through the Perth CBD.
Elizabeth Quay will deliver a contemporary riverfront destination, expected to attract four million visitors each year with capacity to host 15,000 to 20,000 people during major events in the combined public areas. It will include 800 residential dwellings, 400 hotel rooms, and offer 225,000sqm of commercial, office and retail space.
Construction of the 2.7ha inlet and public spaces is well advanced, with the public realm due to open at the end of 2015, featuring the BHP Billiton Water Park, public art, public boat moorings, a new pedestrian and cyclist route around the river, and a range of dining options open for business.
There will be a new terminal for the Transperth ferry, promenades and a bridge at the entrance of the inlet crossing to an island that will be home to the reconstructed Florence Hummerston Kiosk and children’s playground, which will include provision for the seasonal mooring of the Duyfken replica ship.
The $20m Barrack Street Jetty revitalisation is currently underway which includes a new event space and water feature in front of the Bell Tower, an arbor, landscaping and the new Signature Ring public art piece.
A $64m Chevron (TAPL) Pty Ltd land sale for lots 7 and 8 – intended for a new Asia-Pacific Headquarters – and settlement for the sale of lots 9 and 10 to Far East Consortium is scheduled to occur at the end of the year. The MRA is also currently calling for expressions of interest in lots 2 and 3.
COST $440 million (government investment); $2.2b (private investment)
THE RITZ-CARLTON & THE TOWERS AT ELIZABETH QUAY
The development at Elizabeth Quay marks the return of the iconic The Ritz-Carlton luxury hotel and resort brand to Australia.
Far East Consortium has been chosen to develop a 204-room The Ritz-Carlton hotel and 379 residential apartments in two towers adjacent to the Bell Tower. The Towers at Elizabeth Quay development includes 110 one-bedroom dwellings, 182 two-bedroom dwellings, 82 three-bedroom dwellings, and five four-bedroom dwellings.The ground floor of both towers will be activated with commercial tenancies, comprising cafes, restaurants and retail offerings.
Construction is expected to commence on the development in the first quarter of 2016.
The proposed 4.5 star Avani Hotel on the Kings Square site includes a 15-storey,
250-room hotel with shops, restaurant, bar and gym, alongside a 14-storey apartment tower with 200 one- and two-bedroom serviced apartments, bar, shops and a gym.
The Minor International Group from Bangkok will develop the hotel and the serviced apartments. It owns more than 130 hotels throughout Asia, the Gulf Region, Africa and Australia, and has been selected to develop lots 2 and 3A within Perth City Link, adjacent to the Perth Arena.
There will be a rooftop bar at the hotel, and public spaces will be created around the new buildings, providing open lawn and paved areas for leisure, recreation and entertainment, as well as space for alfresco dining and public art. The ground floors of both developments will include shops and eateries, adding to the precinct’s vibrancy even outside of Perth Arena event days.
TIMELINE Construction starts 2016
NEWMAN TOWN CENTRE
Concept plans for the final stage of the State Government’s $40m revitalisation of the Newman town centre were revealed by the Minister for Lands in Newman on April 2, 2015. At the same event, BHP Billiton’s Iron Ore president, Jimmy Wilson, announced a $30m investment in a 4500sqm retail facility on town centre lots provided by LandCorp.
Stages 1 and 2 of the revitalisation are complete. Additionally, LandCorp has delivered a new main street and the relocation and upgrade of power, water, sewer, and communications infrastructure as Stage 3A.
The final stage of the $40m revitalisation is the construction of the Newman Town Square. The new square will provide a vibrant space for residents and visitors, and will encourage a diverse range of commercial activities. It will include a media screen and stage, pocket parks, pop-up retail spaces, vibrant public art and the opportunity for a water-play area.
Comprehensive activation strategies are being developed for the town square, with the additional diligence requirement extending the delivery timeframe out to mid 2016.
COST $40 million
All lots within Cockburn Central Town Centre have now been sold. When fully developed, it is expected to house 2000 residents and generate employment for more than 1800 people. However there is still a way to go, with work on other
zones kicking off thanks to LandCorp’s strategic planning for what is one of Western Australia’s first activity centres.
The 12ha Cockburn Central West, the next area of development, will be home to the $109m Cockburn Aquatic and Recreation Facility, and new home to the Fremantle Dockers. Ground works on site have begun, and the first apartment sites are due to be released late in 2015.
Shoreline is the first precinct in the 106ha Cockburn Coast Redevelopment Area, located between Port Coogee and South Beach, and will feature a main street linked to a beach piazza, a public square, landscaped parks, a sports
field and a primary school. It will provide up to 2500 apartments and townhouses for around 5000 people, and more than 10,500sqm of retail and commercial space, including dining and entertainment areas, commercial and office opportunities. Other projects include the $40m Hilton Hampton Inn and apartments, due for completion in 2017; a $12.4m Cockburn Central Police Station, due 2016; two 12-storey residential apartment towers over a podium, with an estimated cost of $65million, due in 2017; and Australand’s mid-rise Vicinity Apartments, underway and estimated for completion in 2016 at a cost of $24m.
COST Expected to generate $1.1b in private sector investment
TIMELINE Approximately 10 years
With Mandurah’s population expected to grow to 117,000 by 2021, LandCorp’s Mandurah Junction project will play an important role in providing employment prospects, much-needed housing choices, and opportunities for affordable living for people seeking reduced car usage.
Apartments in Mandurah currently make up just 6.1 per cent of the overall housing types, compared to 9.4 per cent in the Perth metropolitan area. Offering a vibrant community with a distinctive, laid-back Mandurah vibe, this high-quality development by LandCorp includes a mix of houses, townhouses, and apartments for up to 2000 people, as well as office and retail space.
Located by the Mandurah train station, bus interchange and ‘park and ride’ facility, it also caters to those who are either without vehicles or who are
looking to minimise their use. Stage one landscaping saw the creation of three new parks and recreation areas, complete with barbecue and picnic areas, interactive public art, walking and cycling tracks, a kickabout area, and a boardwalk. Preparations for a community garden are currently underway with local not-for-profit group, Intework.
COST $22m (estimated)
TIMELINE Ongoing development
Addressing the key topic of urban sprawl, and creating communities where people want to work, live and play, an under-utilised parcel of land alongside the Swan River is being developed by LandCorp into a high-quality living environment with housing and commercial opportunities.
The transformation will include bicycle and pedestrian pathways, access to the river, dining and entertainment offerings, and public open spaces. When complete, it will be home to more than 1700 people and offer 10,000sqm of office space.
Situated just 5km from the Perth CBD, the first few complexes have been completed, including Spring View Towers by Finbar, Ace Apartments from Oracle Projects, and Regatta Apartments by Motus Architecture. Other apartments include Arbor North by Finbar, Proximity Apartments by Blackburne Property Group, The Collective Apartments by Edge Visionary Living, Flo by Psaros, and Tribeca by BGC. BGC also has plans to develop a hotel and office tower in the estate.
TIMELINE Approximately 10 years
KARRATHA HEALTH CAMPUS
A landmark new hospital for the Pilbara is now closer, with Brookfield Multiplex to design and construct the new $207.15m project.
It marks the single biggest investment in a public hospital ever undertaken in regional WA. Funded through the Royalties for Regions program and $650,000 through the Pilbara Health Initiative, the project is a joint venture between the State Government and the WA Chamber of Minerals and Energy. The hospital will be designed and built to meet the health needs of the growing Pilbara community so it has health care closer to home. It will double the number of emergency department bays, and include a state-of-the-art CT scanner, a brand new surgical centre, new maternity wing and delivery suites, helipad, and expanded outpatient facilities.
It is an important step in the continuing transformation of Karratha into a vibrant City of the North.
ANKETELL PORT AND STRATEGIC INDUSTRIAL AREA
The State Government has started the formal acquisition process of land for the Anketell Port project, about 30km east of Karratha. Anketell is planned to be a multi-user, deepwater port with a capacity of at least 350 million tonnes at full development, along with an associated industrial precinct.
The State Government and the Ngarluma Aboriginal Corporation signed a $20m Indigenous Land Use Agreement for the Anketell Port site in April 2014, and a master plan for the Anketell Port and associated infrastructure corridor was released in June 2014.
The project will be developed and funded by private-sector builders and users, and managed and owned by the state. It has been designed to be built in stages, dictated by economic conditions and demand.
The project is intended to provide new and emerging mines in the west and central Pilbara with access to port space.
A consortium of companies including AMCI, Baosteel, Aurizon and POSCO are currently conducting feasibility studies for a port and rail development at Anketell, with an initial capacity of 40 million tonnes.
SIZE 4300ha, including the Port precinct, infrastructure corridor and industrial areas
TIMELINE Stage 1 feasibility study underway
Located in the Perth’s tree-lined heritage precinct at the east end of the city, BGC Development’s revitalisation of the former FESA headquarters site heralds a new era – introducing five-star accommodation, state-of-the-art commercial space, and a range of entertainment options for locals and visitors.
The precinct’s centrepiece will be The Westin Perth, showcasing Starwood Hotels & Resorts’ luxury brand for the first time in Western Australia. Surrounded by major city attractions, the development will also see Perth’s heritage-listed Hibernian Hall returned to its former glory as the hotel’s signature restaurant.
Connected through a generous landscaped public space, framed by a specialty food and beverage offering with small restaurants, basement bar and rooftop garden, 480 Hay Street’s commercial development will be located adjacent
to the city’s Justice Precinct. The 22-level, 34,450sqm A+ grade office tower will feature a five-star energy rating, extensive end-of-trip facilities, and central sky terraces.
The precinct also incorporates the state heritage-listed Fire Education Centre which continues to offer interactive experiences for visitors.
WARANYJARRI ESTATE BROOME NORTH
Waranyjarri Estate is the first residential development within Broome North. The estate has delivered more than 450 residential lots to date, and offers a primary school, service station, eight landscaped parks and a variety of active social and community groups. Providing an exciting mix of affordable, sustainable and innovative residential housing and business opportunities for up to 13,000 people at completion, Broome North will nearly double Broome’s current population of 15,000 permanent residents.
The Waranyjarri Local Centre is planned to become the estate’s central precinct. Also part of the overall Broome North development, east of Waranyjarri Estate, is Blue Haze Light Industrial, a fast-growing business centre that supports new businesses demanding light industrial land. Further north, the new 412ha Broome Road Industrial Park has been designed to service Broome and the West Kimberley regions’ larger general industrial and transport companies, located for access to Great Northern Highway at 8km from Broome Town Centre and 16km from Broome Port.
Additional lots will be released in the near future which include commercial, mixed-use and residential zoning.
COST $194m (estimated)
SIZE 700ha (estate total), with 125ha developed to date
EXMOUTH HARBOUR UPGRADE
This $20m upgrade to add heavy lift facilities, more accessibility and extra moorings to the Exmouth Boat Harbour will create 140 new jobs.
It will offer significant economic benefits for the Gascoyne region, expanding its capacity as a major supply and service base for the oil and gas sector. As part of the State Government’s Royalties for Regions program, it will support the growing maritime industry in the resource-rich Pilbara region.
The Department of Transport, which manages the day-to-day operations for the site, recently completed a $4.2 million pen upgrade at the harbour, which added 25 high-quality cyclone-rated pens for commercial and recreational use.
COST $20 million
THE WESTIN PERTH
The Westin Perth will bring a new level of sophistication and luxury to the city when it opens in the picturesque eastern heritage precinct in late 2017.
Situated within BGC Development’s 480 Hay Street precinct and surrounded by major city attractions, the five-star, 362-room hotel will include 30 suites and an exclusive penthouse suite outfitted with luxury amenities.
Other special features will include returning Perth’s heritage-listed Hibernian Hall to its former glory and new life as the hotel’s signature restaurant. A rooftop infinity pool, ballroom and extensive conference facilities, day spa and gymnasium will cater to guests’ leisure and business needs.
The Westin Perth is being delivered as a result of the State Government’s Hotel Development Incentive Scheme, through a partnership between BGC Development and Starwood Hotels & Resorts.
COST $500m (total cost of precinct at 480 Hay)
SIZE 8352sqm (total for site at 480 Hay)
NEW WA MUSEUM
This New Museum for WA is one of the most significant museum redevelopments underway anywhere in the world, and three world-class teams are currently bidding to design and construct an institution that reflects the history, distinctiveness, creativity and diversity of Western Australia.
When it opens in 2020, the New Museum will showcase the extraordinary stories of Western Australia’s past, present and future in contemporary and innovative ways.
The $428.3 million project being developed in the heart of the Perth Cultural Centre includes a new facility that will integrate with the existing heritage-listed buildings, which will be refurbished as part of this project, to create a significantly
The project also includes critical upgrades to the Museum’s Collections and Research Centre in Welshpool, to support ongoing research and prepare collections for the new displays.
The New Museum will provide a modern and contemporary experience, including new interactive and experiential exhibitions, as well as space for large touring and temporary exhibitions, flexible areas for programs, and spaces where visitors can engage with Museum staff and the work that normally goes on behind-the-scenes.
A statewide program of public consultation and engagement is well underway, and will continue throughout the life of the project and after opening, providing opportunities for the people of WA to have input into the content and visitor experiences. The aim is for the New Museum to be at the heart of the community that reflects the spirit of the people of WA.
COST $428.3m (total project costs)
SIZE Approximately 23,000sqm
TIMELINE Pre-construction scheduled to commence in 2016, with project completion due 2020
Fremantle Port, a beacon of Fremantle’s strength, adds significant economic weight to the city, having handled over 30 million tonnes of cargo in 2012-13.
Facilitated by Fremantle Ports, the Victoria Quay Commercial Precinct Plan, along with Fremantle Station and Pioneer Park Precinct Plans, aims to create an integrated urban destination that will enhance the identity, culture and history of the area as a vibrant quarter of Fremantle by embracing its heritage and providing multiple connections from the Fremantle CBD to the Victoria Quay waterfront and Fremantle Railway Station.
TIMELINE Plans submitted for approval
HEIRLOOM APARTMENTS, QUEEN VICTORIA STREET
A five-storey apartment block featuring 183 residential apartments exemplifies why heritage has long complemented development. The historic four-storey building, known to locals as Fort Knox – with its saw-tooth roof, century-old jarrah beams, exposed brick expanse, grand windows and 3.6m-high ceilings – will be magnificently restored and adapted for life. Developed by Match, the New York-style residential apartments will be created within this heritage structure, and its new lease on life will transform the east end of the Fremantle CBD by bringing hundreds of residents into the area.
SIZE 1930sqm (land area); more than 9000sqm (floorspace)
Development application has been approved for this community, civic, retail and commercial mixed-use zone, which aims to revitalise the traditional town centre, while creating a vibrant, active and safe place for visitors and citizens alike.
It includes the redevelopment or refurbishment of a number of properties including the former Myer building, Queensgate Centre, Queensgate car park and Spicer site. Kings Square precinct is planned to encompass a library, civic chamber, administrative offices for the City of Fremantle, urban room, cafe and specialty retail, together with public space.
TIMELINE Development application approved
Artist impression of Kings Square, courtesy City of Fremantle.
2 POINT STREET
Activation of Fremantle’s east end includes provision of quality inner-city living and world-standard accommodation at the DoubleTree by Hilton hotel. Construction has commenced on the seven-storey mixed-use building, which will include 173 hotel rooms, 77 residential units, and multiple restaurants
and shops. The development has secured DoubleTree by Hilton as the central hotel tenant, which will transform the eastern edge of the CBD and activate the public realm adjacent to key sites, including the Wool Stores and the historic Boy’s School building.