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PERTH CULTURAL CENTRE
The Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority (MRA)
has engaged place makers to jazz up and infuse
identity into the 8.5ha area between the city and
Northbridge. Dubbed the Perth Cultural Centre
(PCC), the space includes the WA Art Gallery,
Central Institute of Technology, State Library, WA
Museum, Blue Room Theatre, Perth Institute of
Contemporary Arts, and new State Theatre Centre.
Revitalisation works to the tune of $35 million,
funded by the State Government, include an urban
orchard and wetland, feature lighting on buildings
and trees, landscaping, outdoor furniture, retail
pods and temporary kiosks, a large LED screen and
children’s play area. It is also set to be home to the
new $428 million WA Museum redevelopment.
The adjoining William Street precinct, lined
with a number of restored heritage buildings,
is fast becoming one of Perth’s most significant
streetscapes, hosting an eclectic mix of independent
retailers, bars, restaurants and creative-industry
tenants, while a successful events program has
attracted tens of thousands of people for festivals.
TIMELINE Ongoing development
CATHEDRAL + TREASURY
This redevelopment involves five projects, including
a new hotel, the Mirvac tower and the new City of
Perth Library, to be designed by internationally
renowned Kerry Hill Architects.
The heritage-listed Treasury Buildings will be
restored into a six-star boutique hotel by FJM
Property, preserving the original charm while
incorporating 48 luxury suites, a day spa, gym, pool
facility and guest library.
The 33-level Mirvac office tower will be built
between the hotel and Perth Town Hall. It comprises
more than 30,000sqm of rental space, and is
targeting a five-star green rating.
The existing Law Chambers building will be
demolished to make way for the new City of Perth
Library, showcasing an exhibition space, collections,
reading rooms, audio-visual multi-function rooms,
storytelling zones, and virtual and digital resources.
St George’s Plaza, between the Cathedral
and new library, will become a vibrant public
space, while the Perth Diocesan Trust bought
565 Hay Street for inclusion in the Precinct. Once
refurbished, it will include 340sqm of retail, plus
7560sqm of commercial office space over 11 levels.
In excess of $580 million
TIMELINE First works mid 2012, completion due 2015
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