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Two-tower Canning Bridge apartments

14/09/2015 - 13:16

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Plans have been lodged for the first major project under the City of Melville’s newly adopted guidelines for the Canning Bridge area, with Stirling Capital submitting an application to build a two-tower, 232-apartment development facing Ogilvie and Kishorn roads.

Two-tower Canning Bridge apartments
STRIKING: An artist’s impression of Stirling Capital’s proposal. Image: McDonald Jones Architects

Plans have been lodged for the first major project under the City of Melville’s newly adopted guidelines for the Canning Bridge area, with Stirling Capital submitting an application to build a two-tower, 232-apartment development facing Ogilvie and Kishorn roads.

The proposal is being evaluated by City of Melville planning officers and will be assessed in coming weeks by the Metropolitan Central development assessment panel.

City of Melville documents indicate an estimated project cost of $80 million. 

The towers, designed by McDonald Jones Architects, are proposed to both be 20 storeys and appear to be consistent with the vision for the area, the City of Melville said.

The City of Melville formally adopted a new structure plan for the Canning Bridge area late last month, the culmination of more than seven years of collaboration with the City of South Perth, the Western Australian Planning Commission, and local stakeholders.

A vision to shape development in the area was developed by the cities in 2008, before being endorsed by the WAPC in 2011.

That vision has now become the Canning Bridge structure plan, but developers were already advancing significant projects around Canning Bridge prior to the plan’s official adoption.

Boutique developer Norup + Wilson is progressing detailed design work for what it has described as the flagship project for the area – the $250 million, 20-storey Precinct on Canning.

The Precinct on Canning project will include a two-level retail and hospitality zone to add much-needed amenity for the area.

Norup + Wilson is expected to launch that plan once its Precinct on Ogilvie project, which is a $34 million, 40-apartment development, is completed.

Construction by local contractor Diploma Group is ongoing and is scheduled to be finished before the end of the year.

The Canning Bridge structure plan identifies six precincts for development on either side of the bridge, with the bulk of large-scale apartment development, up to 20 storeys, to be in areas closest to Canning Highway.

Ultimately, a target of up to 10,000 new dwellings is to be built in the area, to facilitate population growth of around 20,000 people by 2051.

The precincts are all proposed to have unique attributes, with retail and entertainment to be developed at the Kintail Quarter, which is located between Canning Highway and the Swan River on the Melville side.

Restaurants, cafes, small bars and hotels will be strongly encouraged to be developed in this area.

Across Canning Highway, the Ogilvie Quarter is proposed to be the area’s commercial hub, with the guidelines designed to facilitate office and large-scale apartment development.

On the Como side of the river, the guidelines flag mainly residential development across three precincts, while the final precinct will comprise civic and recreational development designed to improve access to Canning Bridge train station.

The plan also allows for a future ferry station to be integrated with a new bus and rail interchange, as well as a relocated bus station.

However, if the area were to be fully developed, significant upgrades would be required, particularly local transport, and services such as water and power, to facilitate large-scale commercial and residential projects.

Developers are expected to have to contribute to the cost of constructing this public infrastructure through a development contribution plan.

This contribution may be required for all future development applications in the area.

The other option flagged is for special rates to be applied to the area, which would be payable by both current and future owners and users of the upgraded infrastructure.

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