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Innovative building to climb Jacob’s Ladder

A PERTH architect has found a novel way to tackle construction problems around the sensitive Kings Park escarpment – the building will “walk” its way up.

The Perth City Council conditionally approved the plan to build the $8 million, nine-storey office and residential tower next to Jacob’s Ladder at 130B Mounts Bay Road at its February 13 meeting.

The land was used as a car park for the neighbouring Adelphi Centre, but since its conversion to serviced-apartments, the space is no longer needed.

Approval conditions included the building height not exceeding 28 metres, a detailed landscaping plan being submitted and excavation and retaining works being appropriate to ensure the stability of surrounding land and structures.

A staff note to council said the development used an “innovative design” to integrate the building into the landscape and minimise its impact on the escarpment, the streetscape and occupiers of surrounding buildings.

The building, designed by architects Perrine & Birch who also designed the Colonnade in Subiaco and the Galleria in Northbridge, includes a lift shaft that follows the slope of the escarpment.

Perrrine & Birch partner Jean-Mic Perrine said earthworks on the site were due to start within the next month and a half.

“It is a difficult site. We’re just waiting to get some feedback from the engineers,” Mr Perrine said.

The lower three levels of the building are to contain offices, consulting rooms and shops. The remaining levels will contain 13 residential units.

Some councillors fear the site could have adverse implications for the escarpment and parking on Mounts Bay Road.

However, Councillor Lisa Scaffidi said parking problems there would be no different to anywhere else on Mounts Bay Road.

Council approved a separate application for a 10-storey residential tower on the site in March.

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