Last year saw the announcements of a number of key precinct development plans all across Australia’s major cities. In 2012, much of the progress towards these major urban planning developments has been low-key as approvals and other such steps are turning these concepts into built spaces.
The former Perth Waterfront and current Elizabeth Quay redevelopment in Perth has now moved into its delivery phase, with the release of design guidelines, and initial works currently underway.
The $2.6 billion redevelopment project, which aims to reconnect the Perth Central Business District back to the city’s iconic Swan River, is steadily moving towards meeting it expected completion date of mid-2015.
The development will revitalise the city, bringing with it the opportunities that come with over 800 residential dwellings, 200,000 square metres of commercial space and 25,000 square metres of retail space.
With Australian cities currently deemed some of the most liveable in the world, preserving those titles is a key priority for state industries and governments.
According to Planning Minister John Day, a view to attract and cater to a growing population acts as a key catalyst to the works currently being undertaken.
“Elizabeth Quay is one of a number of major projects being undertaken by the State Government which are transforming our city and creating a network of exciting new destinations to attract people of all ages, at all times of the year,” he says. “Together with the Perth City Link, Perth Cultural Centre and Riverside developments, these projects will change the face of Perth and ensure we can adequately accommodate for our growing population.”
Urban planning schemes all around the country are currently underway in order to achieve the same goals set out by Perth urban design and government leaders. The added economic strength of the Perth economy is incentive enough for further developmental changes, with many in the city hoping the new precinct will offer them a piece of the mining pie – something that has long been a struggle in the Western Australian capital.