09/07/2020 - 14:22

Port Kennedy progresses plans

09/07/2020 - 14:22

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The developer behind the $425 million Port Kennedy estate has appointed EMCO Building and Graham Marsh Golf Design to progress the first phase of the development.

Port Kennedy progresses plans
EMCO Building has already started construction on the Kennedy Bay Clubhouse, anticipated to open in September 2021. Image: Gresley Abas Architects

The developer behind the $425 million Port Kennedy estate has appointed EMCO Building and Graham Marsh Golf Design to progress the first phase of the development.  

The Western Australian Beach and Golf Resort (WABGR) unveiled plans for the Port Kennedy Housing Estate project earlier this year, which will see 66 hectares of beachfront land developed into a coastal village over the next eight years.

Place Development Australia development manager and Port Kennedy project spokesperson David Roberts said the announcement represented two “exciting milestone appointments” for the project.

“Kennedy Bay is an ambitious and significant redevelopment of a large portion of the Western Australia coastline into a new thriving commercial, hospitality and recreational destination,” Mr Roberts said.

“We know our design and construct partners will be absolutely critical to its success.”

WABGR has partnered with EMCO Building for the delivery of the $5.5 million Kennedy Bay Clubhouse, designed by Gresley Abas Architects.

The clubhouse will feature a pro-shop, golf facilities and management offices alongside a restaurant, bar and alfresco terrace.

Construction on the clubhouse is already underway, anticipated to open in September 2021.

WABGR has also appointed Graham Marsh Golf Design, led by former Australian pro golfer Graham Marsh, to lead the reconfiguration of the Links Kennedy Bay golf course.

Mr Marsh has more than 30 years of experience designing residential, resort, private and tournament golf courses globally including in Asia, Europe, America and Africa.

Locally, Mr Marsh designed the Cottesloe Golf Club, Gosnells Golf Club as well as the Kalgoorlie-Boulder Golf and Spa Resort.

Works on the Links Kennedy Bay golf course are anticipated to commence in August 2020 and will be staggered to minimise disruption to existing members, ensuring a nine-hole course remains open to golfers.

“Graham’s understanding of our brief and vision for this project was impressive,” Mr Roberts said.

“He demonstrated a deep appreciation for maintaining the integrity and unique characteristics of the existing golf course while also applying insights, expertise and a level of detail that will ensure the delivery of a world-class golfing facility.

“I’m confident golfers will be happy with the completed course and the opportunities that an improved golf course will offer.”

The Kennedy Bay project also included $15 million worth of public works including upgrades to regional beach works, boat moorings, the public jetty and surf club facilities.

Upon completion, the Kennedy Bay estate will comprise more than 900 residential lots, as well as a town centre featuring commercial and retail offerings.

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