West Coast Highway footbridge gets nod

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MAIN Roads has given Iconic Scarborough developer 3 Oceans Property in-principle approval for a West Coast Highway pedestrian bridge, now thought to be a crucial component of the $450 million plan.

The 11th-hour nod for the $5 million public footbridge — which will be paid for by 3 Oceans — may address concerns about traffic and pedestrian safety, which are expected to be raised when the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority board meets tomorrow to decide whether to approve the project.

The 43-level twin towers, on the old Contacio bar site at the corner of Scarborough Beach Road, will include Perth’s first beachside international convention centre, a 160-room four-star hotel, 300 apartments, a 315-bay public carpark fitted with smart technology, about 3000sqm of retail, dining and entertainment space and a three-level observation deck above level 40.

An artist’s impression of the footbridge design linking the towers and Scarborough beach.
Camera IconAn artist’s impression of the footbridge design linking the towers and Scarborough beach.Picture: Hillam Architects

The plan is believed to have bipartisan support, with Premier Mark McGowan previously indicating he was not opposed to the proposed height of the towers and shadow planning minister and local MP Liza Harvey saying the gap between the towers would allowed residents to keep their ocean views.

3 Oceans managing director Dyno Zhang said despite some opposition, extensive consultation showed the community supported the plan.

He added Perth was ready for the tourism, trade, education and job opportunities the project would offer.

“Scarborough is a high-profile area,” he said. “It can handle the height.”

Seven News has an exclusive look at the new beachside pool.

Regional managing director of 3 Oceans’ preferred builder, Multiplex, Chris Palandri said WA needed the short, medium and long-term benefits of the project and Multiplex — which has just completed work on Optus Stadium — had a workforce ready to move on construction.

“The State Government has got some funding constraints around its Budget and we really need the private sector to step up and help get jobs and growth back into the economy,” he said.

“It’s a great opportunity for them to be brave.

“It’s an unparalleled opportunity for WA to show its wares to the rest of the country and to the rest of the world, particularly South-East Asia and China.”

Approval for the project has been held up after planning authorities said a safe pedestrian crossing was a mandatory part of the project.
Camera IconApproval for the project has been held up after planning authorities said a safe pedestrian crossing was a mandatory part of the project.Picture: Hillam Architects

3 Oceans unveiled its plans for the site, purchased in 2014, in March and lodged its plans for development approval with the MRA in May.

A usual 120-day turnaround could have allowed for a September decision but in August, the MRA told 3 Oceans the pedestrian bridge, originally excluded from its bid, was an important element to resolve.

Main Roads’ in-principle support of the bridge design comes as a significant fillip for the developer, which has convinced its financial backers to invest in Perth ahead of better-known tourism destinations such as Sydney and Melbourne.

Many local businesses that had complained about the financial impact of the MRA’s $100 million Scarborough beachfront overhaul have backed the development.

Planning Minister Rita Saffioti, who last week visited the finished Olympic-size beachside pool at Scarborough, said the combination of public and private investment “in this well-loved community” and tourism destination would deliver “new living, employment and entertainment opportunities for locals and visitors alike”.



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