Development of Perth City Link progresses
3 February 2012
New public spaces, two sites for future development and public art by an acclaimed Western Australian artist are key features of the works currently taking place at the western end of the Perth City Link project.
The MRA is currently undertaking major works between the Perth Arena and the former Perth Entertainment Centre, including an extension of Milligan Street to provide access to Perth Arena parking; the creation of two new development sites - including one earmarked for a hotel; and the installation and upgrading of key services to accommodate the needs of a growing city.
These works will also create a new public space, transforming the current industrial-looking area into a welcoming place for the people of Perth and visitors to enjoy.
Artwork by visual artist Jon Tarry will be a key feature of the new public space. Entitled Cumulus, Cirrus, and Stratocumulus, the artworks are a series of contemporary cloud forms made from high polished stainless steel, with lighting and water elements to bring the works to life by day and night. The first two pieces will be installed as the public space is completed, with the third piece envisaged for the future pedestrian connection through to Northbridge.
Further east, Leighton Properties, on behalf of Seven Entertainment Pty Ltd, were recently given approval for a new 11-storey office and retail buildings. It will be the first of six buildings on the former Perth Entertainment Centre site and will be part of the new King's Square precinct.
Meanwhile, tunnelling work has commenced to sink the Fremantle rail line west of the Horseshoe Bridge. Transport Minister Troy Buswell said there would be a number of upgrades to Perth Station and has released new artist impressions showing the new features Perth Station, including a new platform and pedestrian underpass connecting all platforms to Perth Underground.
Video: Perth Entertainment Centre demolition timelapse footage