Marsha Jacobs

$3.5b vision for Bunbury

The regional hub of Bunbury has embarked on a long-term development strategy to deal with its projected growth, as Marsha Jacobs reports.

Port on community collision course

As an integral part of Bunbury’s economy and driver of the mining industry in the South West, the Bunbury Port plays an important role in the region.

Pivot project January start

Construction on the CBD’s biggest retail development will begin in January by joint developers Pivot Group and the Industry Superannuation Property Trust Pty Ltd.

Watershed IMF Federal Court win

Australia's first litigation funder, Perth-founded IMF Australia, recently won a case in the Federal Court that confirms the much-questioned legitimacy of litigation funding.

Apartment price pressures

Property analysts are predicting a significant rise in Perth’s residential apartment prices as supply falls on the back of rising construction costs and a subsequent reluctance on behalf of developers to build.

Owner-occupier boost for Subiaco

A busy Subiaco intersection is reaping the benefits of an increasingly tight CBD office market, which is driving smaller businesses into suburban locations and encouraging them to become owner-occupiers.

Small law firms take incorporation route

Sixty-five Western Australian legal practices have become incorporated following legislation allowing for law firms to convert from a partnership to a company structure, which came into effect last year.

Back to school for legal minds

Compulsory continuing legal education for lawyers will be introduced in April 2006 in a drive to reduce insurance premiums and help lawyers remain aware of changes in their profession.

State development concern

The Property Council of Australia’s Western Australian chapter has raised concerns with the State Government regarding overcrowding in the city office market.

$16m refit for Royal Kings Park

The 106-year-old Royal Kings Park Tennis Club, which faced closure only a few years ago, will undergo a $16 million refurbishment.

Study highlights bullying

More than one in three Western Australian workers believe that bullying exists in their workplace, and two in three perceive their workplace to have significant pockets of negativity.

Saraceni readies Raine plan

Developer Luke Saraceni is preparing to lodge a development approval for Raine Square, the latest addition in the race to get a new office building out of the ground in the CBD.

Mallis’s boutique move

One of the founders of the Ray White franchise in Western Australia, Spiro Mallis, is leaving the franchise and setting up his own boutique agency, Mallison Partners.

Residential stock short

The Perth residential property market is experiencing stock shortages, according to The Real Estate Institute of Western Australia (REIWA) research.The latest housing stock survey by REIWA reveals the

Maximising usable space

Based in the Faculty of Architecture at UWA, Simon Anderson was asked to design a light, warm, open and low-maintenance house addition that made use of the whole site while preserving garden space for the children.

Special Report - Best of architectural creativity at annual awards

Celebrating their 74th year in 2005, the WA Chapter Architecture Awards provide an annual showcase for the skills of Western Australian members of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects (RAIA). See Special Reports for related articles.

Rents to rise as vacancies drop

Office tenants have been warned to expect significant increases in rent in the next 18 months as Perth’s vacancy rate tightens and developers await anchor tenants to begin construction on new buildings.

Iconic sites on fast track

Highlighting a renewed enthusiasm for the tourism industry, the State Government last week announced that up to 60 priority tourism sites across the state would be fast-tracked for development.

TAG team wrestles win from peers

Specialists in master planning and the design of institutional and commercial premises, Jurg Hunziker and Michael Spight from TAG architects took on a challenge of a different kind

Simple separation solution

Architects HASSELL have won the commercial building award for their involvement in the design and construction of a high technology pharmaceutical production plant for Chemeq Ltd in Rockingham.

Campus combines the needs of many in one

The Margaret River Education Campus caters for regional educational needs and is a unique joint venture between the South West Regional College of TAFE, Curtin and Edith Cowan universities, and the Margaret River Senior High School.

Luxury at the bay

Quay West Resort Bunker Bay is a five-star resort consisting of 150 luxury villas located adjacent to the sheltered Bunker Bay beach in the Margaret River region.

Students respond to ‘worshipful space’

An innovative design for St Brigid at Mercy College Koondoola by Murray Slavin has won the top award for interior design at this year’s awards.

History brought to life

Having worked on the Perth Town Hall refurbishment for nearly a decade, conservation award winner, Cox Howlett and Bailey Woodland’s Bret White, is delighted that the recently completed four stages of refurbishment will allow the building to be better ut

Sustainable living at Broome’s Coco Eco

The Fiona Hogg-designed Coco Eco house in Broome is located in a pristine natural habitat and is totally ecologically sustainable.

Fremantle character retained

Awarded for its work in the multiple dwelling category, the ‘Fremantle Cold Storage Ltd’ site (now named Fletcher Mews) is a 101-apartment Homeswest housing precinct with a strong link to the history of the Fremantle site on which it stands.

Departure from tradition

This was the third project Hillam Architects has completed for the clients. The original traditional Subiaco Federation style house had fallen into disrepair and was well overdue for redevelopment.

In harmony with the environment

Gary Baverstock from Ecotect-Architects, who has been designing and promoting ecologically sustainable design for more than 20 years, says it has taken consumers too long to realise the benefits of sustainable design.

Accor lifts local presence

Two recent purchases by international hotel chain Accor may signify a change of fortune for the state’s hotel sector.

BHP deals Pilbara business

A major partnership between BHP Billiton Iron Ore and Western Australian craft and design association FORM expected to be worth several million dollars is in the final stages of negotiation.

Multiplex in CBD move

Multiplex and the Griffin Group have lodged a development application for a $450 million commercial development at 125 St Georges Terrace, despite the current lack of an anchor tenant.


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Work on $125m Midland Gate upgrade under way this month

Construction will get under way later this month on the $125 million transformation of the Midland Gate Shopping Centre.