12/03/2008 - 22:00

Public projects set to reinvigorate the state

12/03/2008 - 22:00

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Perth may finally be able to throw off the dullsville tag when a number of planned major public works projects are completed, with the state government planning to invest about $2.68 billion on the development of venues and projects state-wide.

Public projects set to reinvigorate the state

Perth may finally be able to throw off the dullsville tag when a number of planned major public works projects are completed, with the state government planning to invest about $2.68 billion on the development of venues and projects state-wide.

 

The major transformation lies at the heart of the city, with the Swan River foreshore high on the public works priority list, and about $303 million targeted for this area.

 

The premier, Alan Carpenter, recently unveiled concept designs created by a consortium headed by national firm Ashton Raggatt McDougall, with those plans now up for public comment until March 25.

 

Major works for stage one are expected to start during fiscal 2012 and be completed in 2015, and include two main public spaces, Esplanade Square and an inlet.

 

Stage two will include a mixture of hotels, apartments, offices, cafes and restaurants, however a timeframe has yet to be finalised.

 

Staying within the CBD, the Riverside Redevelopment Works in East perth sold its first precinct to private developers Frasers Property and TRG Property Group for $20 million, two years ago.

 

Known as the Queens Precinct, this area will be a hub of residential and commercial properties.

 

Overall, seven precincts in the project are expected to house up to 5,000 people and host 1,000 employees in the urban community.

 

The waterfront redevelopment theme has also extended to the state’s South West, with Bunbury and Albany to take an estimated total of $89 million from the capital works budget.

 

Construction of Bunbury’s waterfront project will transform the town’s ageing Outer Habour in to an extended waterfront with a marina, retail and commercial areas, residential housing and visitor accommodation.

 

Construction of stage one is expected to start later this year and will include the development of two of the four precincts, Eastside and Bayside, after approvals have been secured.

 

Meanwhile, in Albany, stage one of its waterfront project has been completed with the $2.5 million pedestrian bridge linking the CBD to the 2,300 square metre plaza opening earlier this month.

 

Tenders for the construction of stage two have yet to be finalised, with approvals being sought from the Department of Environment and Conservation.

 

When completed, Albany’s Princess Royal Habour will host restaurants, cafes, shops, a marina and a hotel.

 

Developers are currently being sought for this facet of the project.

 

Another feature to the waterfront project is the $49 million entertainment centre, which includes a 620-seat auditorium and observation platform.

 

The construction contract is expected to be awarded late April or early May.

 

Back in Perth, nearly $2 billion will be spent on four projects in the metropolitan area, with the major outdoor stadium taking up over half of that estimated total cost.

 

The 60,000-seat venue is expected to be completed in 2016.

 

The Perth Arena, which is now being seen as stage one of the Northbridge Link project, is due for completion in 2010.

 

Stage two is likely to be a hotel between the stadium and the defunct Entertainment Centre.

 

A team of architects, including local firm Cameron Chisholm and Nicol, and Ashton Raggatt McDougall were responsible for the arena’s design.

 

In terms of 12,000-seat plus venues, the government will invest nearly $91 million in a new performing arts venue on the corner of Roe and William streets in Northbridge to take over from the Playhouse Theatre.

 

The project is due to open later this year and will include a 575-seat main theatre and a 200-seat theatrette, plus rehearsal and production spaces.

 

The Black Swan Theatre Company will take up residence in the new centre.

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