WORK on Elizabeth Quay has progressed further as another construction contract has been awarded and plans are unveiled for an exciting transformation of Barrack Square.
Planning Minister John Day said a $7million contract - the last of three early works packages - had been awarded to specialist marine contractor Maritime Constructions to reconfigure the existing jetties and make way for construction of the inlet.
“Revitalising Barrack Square is a priority of the Elizabeth Quay project to ensure the precinct remains a key destination within the broader waterfront development,” Mr Day said.
“In addition to the jetty works, the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority (MRA) will transform the area with a range of new short-term additions, including pop-up kiosks, public toilets, a cyclists’ station and children’s play space.”
The Minister said the State Government was also calling for expressions of interest from experienced food and beverage operators with innovative concepts to make use of the kiosks.
“The kiosks will be fabricated from old shipping containers and accompanied by an alfresco deck, lighting, landscaping and shade to create a central activity hub in the area,’ he said.
“New casual dining and takeaway options will complement the current restaurants and cafes, and cater for increased tourists and visitors and those who regularly use the foreshore for business, exercise or their commute to work.”
Mr Day said the start of jetty works and planned improvements for Barrack Square were important milestones in achieving the vision of reconnecting the city with the river.
“Together with the Perth City Link, Perth Cultural Centre and Riverside developments, Elizabeth Quay will change the way many West Australians interact with our city by offering a diverse mix of activities, events and places to visit,” he said.
Details about the new leasing opportunities at Barrack Square will be available shortly.