11 August, 2017
Over the past decade, the shape and form of Perth as a city has undergone huge transformation. And it’s not over yet. We take a look at the five of the major public projects reshaping our city.
The before and after shots of Perth over even the last ten years is startling.
Towers have sprung up (BHP), the foreshore now has Elizabeth Quay and our new stadium is waiting for the ribbon to be cut. The skyline has dramatically changed.
There’s more to come. We take a then-and-now look at five other pivotal developments set to impact the way we live, work and play in Perth.
1. Scarborough beachfront
The beautiful Scarborough Beach is one of Perth’s busiest summer spots which, in recent years, had grown tired. It wasn’t always like this.
In its heyday, from 1954 to 1964, huge crowds would gather in Scarborough at an open-air dance floor called the Snake Pit to listen and jive to the latest rock‘n’roll music.
It’s hoped a $100 million makeover currently underway will revive the area, bringing in new visitors for year-round activities, while retaining those historical features the locals love like the Clock Tower.
The first of the three stages of development – removing car parks and the Scarboro Surf Life Saving Club to make room for the new facilities - has been completed.
Now underway is the construction of new foreshore features like the new Scarborough Square, Sunset Hill and Beach hub.
Work is expected to be finalised in time for the Australian Surf Life Saving Championships in April 2018
2. Riverside (East Perth)
Our prime waterfront land east of Perth is about to be transformed.
Stretching from Burswood Peninsula and Perth Stadium across the river to East Perth, more than 100 hectares is being revamped, filling in areas around current landmarks like the WACA and Queens Garden.
Planned is a mix of apartments and townhouses, public walkways, cycle paths and even a man-made beach.
Work is already underway, although the full build is not due to be completed until 2030.
The humble-looking Midland Workshops have a long and loved history. Until 1994, the Workshops were an economic powerhouse throughout the 20th century and were used to repair naval equipment during World War II.
The cluster of buildings is now undergoing a restoration to make it the new centerpiece as part of the larger overhaul of the city of Midland.
The redevelopment will see the creation of shops, restaurants, bars, parks and lakes, and a large public space called Railway Square at major health facilities including the Curtin Medical University.
Those looking to move to the area should keep their eyes peeled for three major precincts being developed as part of the Midland refresh - Helena, Victoria and Clayton - which will feature 7000 new dwellings and 157,000sqm of commercial, office and retail space.
The MRA says the full project will wrap up around 2025.
4. Perth City Link
With scaffolding blanketing the strip separating Northbridge and the CBD, it’s hard to visualise what the new Perth city will look like when it’s all gone. Or what is was like once upon a time.
Well before the construction of the railway line and Horseshoe Bridge in the early 1900s, the site that will become Yagan Square was a popular hunting and gathering spot for the Noongar people.
Named after the Whadjuk Noongar warrior, the new Yagan Square will provide a fresh food market, children’s areas, a digital tower broadcasting real-time events and the $217 million state-of-the-art Perth Busport.
The Perth City Link project will also create housing for more than 3000 new residents, and space for 13,350 workers in 244,000sqm of new commercial and retail space.
The MRA says Yagan Square will be completed by the end of 2017 and Perth City Link around 2020.
5. Western Australian Museum
For thousands of years, the site of the new WA Museum was a diverse landscape of wetlands where the Noongar people would hunt and gather, practise cultural rituals and socialise.
In 1856 the Francis Street site became home to the Old Perth Gaol, which then became the Geological Museum in 1891 until 2003 when it was closed due to asbestos and later demolished.
By 2020 it will be WA’s new museum, following a $428.3 millionredevelopment including restoration works to the heritage buildings like the Old Perth Gaol.
Currently the new WA museum is the biggest museum redevelopments in the southern hemisphere. It will include a brand new gallery space, new exhibitions, public art and a central energy plant that will reduce energy consumption and emissions in the Perth Cultural Centre by up to 40 per cent by 2020.
Take a peek behind the scenes of the new museum.
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What about in regional WA?
It's not only Perth that's enjoying an upgrade or two. One of WA's most iconic locations in Monkey Mia, is also being redeveloped. The RAC Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort in the Shark Bay World Heritage region is getting a huge facelift.
Expected to be complete by June 2018, the revamp will offer guests new accommodation options and modern amenities, carefully designed to suit this unique WA location and make your visit to meet WA's famous dolphins even more special.