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ined with local eateries and cafes,
Gateways Shopping Centre’s entrance
promenade reinforces Main Street’s
position as a destination in its own right.
The modern, pedestrian-friendly forecourt
provides ample opportunity for people-watching,
containing an open plaza and amphitheatre for
local community and centre events.
This, combined with an interactive water
feature, two small play spaces catering for a wide
range of ages, and adjacent turf areas, offers
visitors respite from the busy centre within.
When PLAN E was approached in 2010 to take
on the project, the key concern from the client
was to create high-quality, flexible, human-scale
external spaces that would not only enhance the
visitor experience but also encourage the local
community to linger.
To fulfil the brief, PLAN E introduced
a wide paved promenade made of in situ exposed
aggregate concrete, with three different mixes
and aggregates from Holcim’s standard range.
The stage, amphitheatre and walling are also
of in situ concrete, with a standard grey class-two
formwork finish. Amphitheatre seats are dressed
in jarrah to add an element of warmth.
The planting is predominately a mix of native
West Australian species, with a couple of eastern
states’ native and exotic species. All plant
species, including the transplanted cotton palms,
were chosen for their ability to handle the local
conditions, and were sourced from a variety of
PlayRight supplied both large pieces of play
equipment, including the large domed net
structure, the first of its kind to be installed in WA.
The contemporary water feature is
a custom design from PLAN E, CADsult and
Best Consulting, and consists of adjustable
programmable jets set in custom-cut and
etched black granite, with LED lighting
illuminating the space at night.
CENTRE – ENTRANCE PLAZA
Abstract shapes borrowed from the centre’s architectural form are employed in the low walling, seating,
amphitheatre and play areas at Cockburn shopping precinct’s innovative new entrance plaza.
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