Function meets workplace form

AS is the case with many businesses in Western Australia, interior designers are enjoying good times, as the resources-led economic boom shows no sign of slowing.

State plays hard ball

As footy fans ratchet the excitement up a notch ahead of the weekend’s AFL grand final the State Government has brought sport to the forefront of the political debate with a renewed focus on Perth’s sport facilities.

The only way is up for CBD rents

Tenants are being encouraged to lock in contracts as rents continue to rise in Perth’s tightening office market.

Architects report business growth

Research for WA Business News’ annual Book of Lists has revealed significant increases in business activity for Perth architectural firms.

London looks long term in role as state architect

Western Australia’s first government architect, Professor Geoffrey London, has moved to create a framework that will ensure the pursuit of quality design in the state’s architecture.

Local lot prices up 54pc

Lot sales in Western Australia for the June quarter this year were the highest since 2003, according to recent figures from the Urban Development Institute of Australia (WA branch).

Simplifying strata title law

The increase in high-density living, and related potential for disputes over strata title issues, has prompted a Perth pair to open a new business focused solely on strata rules and their application.

Wheeler deals from a fresh deck

The name Glenn Wheeler will ring a bell for those who have been around Perth’s business scene a while.

Stage 1 sale at Capricorn

The release of 100 lots at Capricorn Village, part of the $20 billion St Andrews project, marks a new phase in the plan to develop a satellite city for 150,000 people north of Perth.

Modern vision for new UWA school

The University of Western Australia’s new $45 million business school is a striking departure from the traditional architecture commonly found on university campuses.

Affordability model elusive

While government and private industry emphasise the importance of affordable housing, the best model for delivering affordability remains unclear.

Accor pushes into local market

The Accor Hotel Group is continuing its expansion into the Western Australian market with the four-star Sanctuary Golf Resort in Bunbury joining Accor’s All Seasons brand.

Peet, Cedar Woods lift profits

In its first year after listing on the Australian Stock Exchange, Western Australian-based developer Peet & Company has announced a profit of $31.6 million for the year to June 30.

Dual-purpose units for inner-city

With Perth’s CBD office vacancy rates approaching a record low it is little wonder that near inner-city office space has started coming onto the market.

Complaints against builders on the rise

The state’s continued high level of building has meant some builders are adopting unfair and potentially illegal practices, according to the Builders’ Registration Board.

Space squeeze on for CBD offices

Perth office users are squeezing the most out of their tenancies in a contracting office-leasing market, decreasing the average amount of space used per employee.

Pro Property joins Coldwell Banker

Pro Property has become the first Western Australian representative of the world’s eight largest franchise company, global real estate firm Coldwell Banker.

Building approvals hit record $6.2b

Western Australia’s property sector continues to outperform those of other states, boosted by the state’s continuing strong economic growth.

Acacia owner eyes resort business

A shift in focus to resort-style developments was a major factor behind the decision to sell the Acacia Hotel in Robinson Avenue, Northbridge, announced last week.

High Court decision may affect approvals

Developers in Western Australia have been warned that a High Court decision late last year, which calls into question the status of planning approvals as a right that attaches to land, has the potential to affect development approvals.

Go-ahead for $28m Albany port plan

State Cabinet has endorsed a revised $27.8 million development proposal for Albany’s Princess Royal Harbour.