The City of Perth has recommended GDI Property Group's timber-steel hybrid office complex proposal for approval, when the assessment panel meets later this month.
The City of Perth has recommended GDI Property Group's timber-steel hybrid office complex proposal be approved when the assessment panel meets later this month.
The proposed 13-storey office would be located adjacent to GDI's Westralia Square asset, opposite the Elizabeth Quay bus station, and would also include refurbishment of the public plaza area and pedestrian walkway.
But the approval is likely to be subject to a suite of conditions.
During public consultation late last year, neighbouring property owners had raised concerns about the impact the proposal could have on the existing structure below, the proposed building not providing an entrance lobby at the Mounts Bay Road ground floor level, the integration of the landscaping with the adjacent plaza area, access arrangements on the upper level walkway and the impact of wind.
While commending the design of the structure and the innovative use of lightweight construction, the city's design advisory committee had suggested an alternative roof design to improve the view from above, improving the landing area between the pedestrian bridge over Mounts Bay Road and making the space more inviting through the addition of artwork and lighting.
Officers, however, believe most of the concerns to have been adequately addressed and have recommended the development application be approved under the condition that the development be constructed with high quality and durable materials.