Photo © Peter Bennetts
Photo © Peter Bennetts
Photo © Peter Bennetts

Elizabeth Quay Masterplan

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Elizabeth Quay is a new waterfront precinct that unites central Perth with the Swan River. Its focus is a 730m terraced promenade surrounding a new inlet. New buildings including residential, retail, commercial and hotel developments frame the inlet. There are restaurants, bars and cafés, and venues for an arts festival. The new BHP Billiton Park has a huge water feature to play in.


Our full landscape masterplan was completed in 2015 and the public spaces opened in 2016. The masterplan allows for others to develop the sites it establishes. It sets out locations and types of built forms for the future, areas for pedestrians, pedestrian and vehicle routes, and sight lines to and from other parts of Perth.


We have even created a new island (by excavating the land that joined it to the mainland) and planted it with indigenous species to encourage wildlife. It is a venue for large public events and, between events, a secluded place to relax. There is a children’s playground and the soft garden landscape is an oasis within the surrounding urban landscape. The island has a stone revetment and a sand ramp designed for small recreational craft and wild swans. There is a water-treatment facility for surface run off—a sustainability measure to preserve water quality.


To unify the precinct, we have created a ripple-wave pattern that determines all the built edges for paving and terraces, for building and planting interfaces, for furniture locations, trees, stairs and water features.

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