Major projects in Perth

Keep up to date with the latest projects and urban development in and around Perth!

Major projects that can be seen in and around Perth are well underway and it’s only a matter of time until some of them are complete!

Elizabeth Quay

Elizabeth Quay, one of the major projects that can be seen in the city, is becoming an exciting destination that offers a range of activities to attract people of all ages, at all times of the year.

There will be 1.5 hectares of promenade space linking a series of public parks and spaces around the new inlet to the island - a more relaxed space with views back to the city. The promenade and public domain will remain free and people-friendly and will be complemented by new shops, restaurants and entertainment.

The Construction of the inlet is complete and forms the focal point for Elizabeth Quay which is a key component of achieving the objective of re-establishing the historic connection between the city and the river.

The public area around the waterfront inlet is now available for public use and it is estimated it will create more than 400 jobs, office space for 10,000 people, 800 residential apartments and 25,000sqm of retail space.

Learn more about the latest develoments of Elizabeth Quay here!



Yagan Square

Construction is underway

Yagan Square construction started in February 2016. Located in the heart of Perth’s CBD – within the arms of the Horseshoe Bridge – it will be one of the city’s most popular community, meeting and celebration places.

At just over one hectare in size, Yagan Square is a major public space to be created as part of the Perth City Link project. More than just a transit area for the thousands of workers and residents connecting with public transport or walking between the CBD and Northbridge – Yagan Square will be a place to have fun, meet, play, eat and shop from a showcase of WA produce.

Be part of Yagan Square

Yagan Square will see the return of food markets, community and city life to the heart of the CBD.

Food and beverage opportunities now leasing

Leasing opportunities are now open for hospitality, restaurant and markethall tenancies at Yagan Square set to open in mid-2017.

The city's new heart

Yagan Square will be a place unlike anywhere else in the city.

Yagan Square will be a hub of activity both during the day and at night with cafes, restaurants, pop-up shops and kiosks providing plenty of things to see and do. At night, the Square will come alive with a spectacular lighting installation on the underside of the shade canopies and the iconic Digital Tower. The Square will also host regular events, performances and celebrations across its various event spaces, which can cater for a range of activities for up to 8,500 people.

Meet, connect, celebrate

Yagan Square will see the return of food, community and city life to the Horseshoe Bridge. It will be an inviting and lively meeting place where locals and visitors can connect with, and celebrate, Western Australian culture.

Yagan Square will offer a range of experiences – from green spaces for relaxation and play, to permanent markets, kiosks, cafes, interactive digital media, native gardens and engaging public art.

The ultimate design responds to the nearly 2,000 responses received from the public via an online engagement tool during the planning stages.

A window into Noongar culture

A cultural engagement process for the Yagan Square design created opportunities for involvement by the Whadjuk Working Party and South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council.

There is a strong Aboriginal narrative that runs through the square which incorporates stories from the Whadjuk people - the traditional owners of the land - exploring themes of place, people, animals, birds and landscape; all of which shape and create a strong sense of place. These stories have influenced and contributed to various elements of Yagan Square, creating a unique space that is reflective of both culture and history.

Artist impression of Yagan Square, named after the Noongar warrior leader Yagan.

The Canopy Symbolises the lake system which originally occupied the site.

How construction of Yagan Square will unfold.

Photos used courtesy of Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority.


Perth City Link

Perth City Link will be a dynamic new destination that embraces the city’s lifestyle and character and is an important part in the overall program to revitalise our city. Running east-west across the heart of Perth's city centre, it will reconnect the CBD with Northbridge for the first time in 100 years, delivering improved access and connectivity and forming strong linkages to the foreshore.

It involves sinking the Fremantle rail line from Perth Station to Lake/King streets and Wellington Street Bus Station and creating five new connections between the CBD and Northbridge.

When completed, Perth City Link will deliver significant benefits for locals and tourists alike: better access and connectivity; more residential, retail, entertainment and commercial opportunities; and more than 4 hectares of high quality public spaces.

The project is a collaboration between the three levels of government: the Federal Government, State Government - led by the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority and the Public Transport Authority - and the City of Perth.

The full build out will be complete by 2020 and is one of the most exciting and much anticipated Perth projects!


Perth Stadium

The new Perth Stadium development heralds a new and exciting chapter in the transformation of our city.

Site works are well underway and the Project is on track for completion in time for the start of the 2018 AFL season.

The new stadium will be a multi-purpose venue capable of hosting AFL, rugby, football (soccer), cricket and entertainment events that will have an initial 60,000 seat capacity and an integrated public transport approach that includes rail, bus and pedestrian solutions.

The focus remains on delivering a venue that puts ‘fans first’. The Stadium will utilise innovative design techniques and state of the art technology, ensuring an unrivalled spectator experience for many years to come.

The new Perth Stadium and Sports Precinct will form an integral part of the Burswood Peninsula and, alongside other local major developments will enhance Perth’s reputation as a world class city.


Swan River Pedestrian Bridge

The Swan River Pedestrian Bridge is a new metropolitan river crossing that provides exclusive pedestrian and cyclist access over the river.  When completed it will connect East Perth, at Nelson Avenue, with Perth Stadium on the Burswood Peninsula.

Visually stunning, the 370m long, nine metre-wide bridge will have a steel cable-stay span of 160m at its centre. This central structural arch and expressive apex rises 65 metres above the river to provide a focal point from distant vantage points, the city and Perth Stadium. 

The design achieves a sensitive footprint, treading lightly upon the river and both foreshores with only two piers situated in the water, thereby respecting the heritage of the area and minimising the impact on the riverbed.

The structural forces are expressed clearly and uniquely in the black and white articulation of the arch ribbons reflecting both structural interdependency and the symbolic coming together of diverse cultures. Some will see swans in the design, while others will see a Wagyl taking shape or a dolphin, which is perfect for this river environment.

The bridge will be made of structural steel that is covered with a Teflon coated fabric. Approximately 1500 tonnes of steel, 1.6km of piles and 1.5km of steel cables and strip lighting will be used in the construction. Shared paths on the eastern and western foreshores will be retained and will pass under the new bridge.  The vessel navigational area will be at least 40 metres wide with clearance of eight metres between the water and bridge deck, the same as Windan Bridge.

Around 14,000 people are expected to cross the bridge on event days when the 60,000-seat Stadium opens in early 2018. The journey across the bridge to the Stadium will feature landscaped seating areas and decorative lighting designed to enhance the ‘fans first’ experience during daylight and night time events.

Other works include the construction of two approaches at both ends of the bridge, special event bus stands on the East Perth shoreline and full landscaping to both shorelines.

Working in and around the Swan River requires careful management of the surrounding environment including marine life, water quality and riverbed disturbances and heritage and cultural consideration.

Artist impression of the Swan River Pedestrian Bridge-Day

Artist impression of the Swan River Pedestrian Bridge-Night

Photos used courtesy of The Government of Western Australia, New Perth Stadium.


New Museum

The State Government of Western Australia has committed $428.3 million to develop a New Museum for WA.

Over the course of the project, the Western Australian Museum in Perth will be transformed with the development of a new building that will integrate with the current heritage buildings including the Old Gaol, Hackett Hall, and the Jubilee and Beaufort Street wings – which will be refurbished inside and out.

The New Museum for Western Australia is one of the most significant museum redevelopments in the world today.

The New Museum will significantly increase the amount of floor space, and allow to create:

• New exhibitions based on the three major themes; Being Western Australian, Discovering Western Australia and Exploring the World
• Touring and temporary exhibition spaces to support improved community access to international, national and local stories and collections
• Interactive and experiential spaces where visitors can engage with Museum staff and collections and participate in the research, investigation and preservation work that normally goes on behind-the-scenes.
• Learning spaces for the delivery of programs; events and activities
• Function spaces, café and retail services.

The New Museum will be complete in early 2020.


Perth Airport-Forrestfield Link

The Perth Airport-Forrestfield Link provides a rail solution that improves transport connectivity to and from Perth Airport, the eastern suburbs and regional centres.

There will be rail services from Forrestfield to Perth CBD, through to Fremantle

Key Features are:

• Underground tunnels from Bayswater to Forrestfield
• Three new stations at Airport West (Belmont), Perth Airport and Forrestfield
• Completely underground station at Perth Airport for consolidated services
• Improved bus feeder networks for Airport West Station and Forrestfield Station

The Forrestfield Line will include three new stations and 3,000 parking bays.

The rail line will extend from Bayswater station on the Midland line to Forrestfield and include twin 8km-long bored tunnels passing under the Swan River.

Airport West Station and Forrestfield Station will be bus-train interchanges. The Consolidated Airport Station will be underground at Perth Airport for both domestic and international flights once the project is complete in 2020.


Perth Children’s Hospital

Currently under construction on the QEII Medical site in Nedlands, adjacent to Kings Park, the new $1.2 billion Perth Children's hospital will replace Princess Margaret Hospital for Children.

Due for completion in 2015, the state-of-the-art hospital will house WA's only paediatric trauma centre, an integrated research and education facility - including the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research. It will also include all other services currently provided by Princess Margaret Hospital including rehabilitation services and specialist burns and oncology units.

As Perth's leading paediatric care and research facility, it will also offer more family facilities, including bedside accommodation for parents and family resource lounges, along with a larger operating theatre capacity, a high dependency unit and more neonatal intensive care beds.

Construction is due to complete mid 2015.


Fiona Stanley Hospital

Located at the centre of a health, education and research precinct at Murdoch, Fiona Stanley Hospital is Western Australia's flagship health facility and is one of the best public hospitals in Australia and the biggest public hospital in the Southern Hemisphere.

Officially opened in February 2015 the $2 billion 783-bed hospital is the major emergency centre servicing Perth’s southern suburbs and regional Western Australia, and offers the most up-to-date medical technology and a full range of acute medical and surgical services.

Among its numerous services and facilities it will include a state-of-the-art emergency centre, the State burns unit, a mental health unit, WA's first comprehensive cancer services south of the river and a 140-bed State rehabilitation service.

The Fiona Stanley Hospital is the largest building of its type ever undertaken by the State and has drawn international acclaim for its development and size.


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