Perth City Council Invests Heavily in Infrastructure
With the aim of continuing to grow, the City of Perth has been diligent in creating a master plan of infrastructure. There are a number of projects in the works that will aid the Western Australian economy by way of jobs in the short term, and increased economic stimulus in the longer term. One of the highest profile projects is the redevelopment of Wellington Square in East Perth.
This project was given the green light by Perth Council in September 2018, and began construction in January 2020. The area will predominantly be a lawn area designed to host a range of sporting activities, with the capacity to allow for large scale events.
Included in the scope of works is an intergenerational play space that will allow children of all ages to enjoy fun fulled external play activities.
A modern twist with the development will see a designated multi use space that can be utilised for events, and social activities. Plans are underway fo this space to be available for public use, in addition to city hosted events.
The development will seek to incorporate state of the art construction, utilising plastic bar chairs to set the reinforcing bar and mesh to the correct position within concrete covers. This will ensure long term strength, durability and longevity for the project.
Other features of the construction project include:
- Pedestrian Priority Zone: Take advantage of low traffic volumes on Wittenoom Street to create a space to cater for small to medium sized events
- Place of Reflection: Area for reflection and healing for Aboriginal people of the Stolen Generation
- Public Toilet: Located on the corner of Wellington and Hill Street. A future toilet will be located with the kiosk next to the playground
- Water Element: Acknowledgement of the historical chain of streams, swamps and lakes through an interpretive water element designed to treat stormwater runoff
- Passive Recreation: Open parkland social spaces providing a variety of seating opportunities
- Basketball Courts: One full sized and one half sized basketball court with lighting to allow for use to extended hours.
- Barbecue and Picnic Facilities: Barbecues, picnic tables and shelters to provide shade and seating
- Public Artwork: Interpretive signage and other art elements to tell the story of Wellington Square
- Heritage Fig Tree: Feature lighting to the ‘Kids Tree’ to acknowledge its historical significance
- Park Entrances: Improved access and wayfinding signage
- Low perimeter Planting: keeping sight lines uninterrupted
The City of Perth’s plan to revitalise the East Perth space comes in at an estimated $18.7m, with an eye on public safety with increased lighting and CCTV.
When considering the project, the city of Perth engaged community for ideas on the design of stage one, in addition to the final design of the intergenerational playground.
It is anticipated that the project will be finalised in early 2021.