Simon Turner of Marquette Turner Luxury Homes writes:
Sydney has long held the Australian national crown for it’s stunning harbour and waterfront location. Melbourne, with its Docklands and Southbank developments, has made significant inroads, and now Perth is seeking a share of the vista-pie.
Perth’s new waterfront development has just been unveiled and is expected to elevate the city to a more vibrant and exciting place for locals and tourists alike.
Perth was built on the banks of the Swan River but has been progressively pushed away from its shoreline to make way for roads, car parks and vast areas of open space. The consequence is a city that is both physically and psychologically at arms length from its river.
It is this condition that has led city planners, urban designers and governments to search for ways to re-establish the historic connection that Perth once had with the Swan River, and the new waterfront will extend the William Street and Mounts Bay area.
Designed by Melbourne architects Ashton Raggatt McDougall, the 10 hectare site is located between Barrack and William streets and will connect the CBD with the waterfront.
There’s a 2.8 hectare inlet as the main centrepiece, and the development will be surrounded by landscaped terraces, boardwalks and promenades. There will also be numerous shops, cafes, restaurants and numerous bars. Pedestrian access and public transport will be a priority of the local council and will be emphasised by the removal of a portion of Riverside Drive.
The land at the base of William Street has been preserved for a significant public building, which will be a national centre for indigenous art and culture. The design of the building is yet to be finalised (one example can be seen in the image below).