A PERMANENT food market, an Australian native garden and Aboriginal public art are some of the features planned for the key public space at Perth City Link.
Releasing the first concept images of City Square today, Premier Colin Barnett said the plan was developed in response to more than 2,000 ideas generated from community feedback - primarily the City Square Ideas digital tool.
“City Square will be a dynamic new destination that embraces Perth’s lifestyle and character to become one of our city’s most significant places,” Mr Barnett said.
“The square will include The Horseshoe Market place, an urban rooftop garden, water features, kiosks, retail spaces, landscaped terraced walkways, play spaces and striking Aboriginal art.
“Up until the late 1920s, Perth people enjoyed fresh food markets in the city on the corner of William and Wellington streets. City Square will herald the return of food, community and city life at the Horseshoe Bridge.”
Planning Minister John Day said City Square would be an inviting and lively meeting space where people could connect and celebrate Western Australian culture. Tens of thousands of people are expected to move through the area each day.
“It will be a place where people can enjoy events, public art and open spaces in the heart of the city, connect with public transport and businesses or simply pass through the area en route to Northbridge and the Perth Cultural Centre,” Mr Day said.
The Premier said Perth City Link was already changing the face of Perth and would provide new and exciting ways for people to engage with our city.
“This project has changed the city so much already. In the past 12 months, the new Fremantle rail tunnel has opened, works are under way on the Kings Square development and a contract has been awarded to build the new $249million underground bus station,” Mr Barnett said.
- City Square is 1.1 hectares in size and will be a major transit hub with links to the new underground bus station and Perth central train station.
- The town square will be twice the size of Forrest Place and 25 per cent bigger than the main open space at Federation Square in Melbourne.
- Works are expected to commence mid-2014 and completed by late 2016.