William Street honoured as heritage champion
18 April 2012
The unique William Street Revitalisation, part of the MRA's Perth Cultural Centre precinct, has been honoured with a State Heritage Award for outstanding conservation of a non-resdiential place.
In 2007, the MRA [then EPRA] acquired 16 properties along the eastern side of William Street in Northbridge – a precinct listed on the State Register of Heritage Places. Representing more than 100 years of architectural history, the buildings include work by prominent architects from the late 1800s and illustrate changing trends in urban design.
Over the past few years, we have refurbished each building back to its former glory and created a niche retail and entertainment strip for Perth. Today, the precinct is home to an eclectic mix of retail, food and creative industries including returning tenants and new retailers such as Australia’s best bakery, Jean Pierre Sancho and former King Street resident, Periscope.
This ambitious project has delivered a cosmopolitan experience for residents, workers and visitors to the city and is a celebrated example of the value of heritage conservation in urban renewal.
The William Street Revitalisation was a joint category winner at the 2012 State Heritage Awards with the iconic Kalgoorlie Miner building, beating strong compeition from other finalists including the restoration of Fremantle Train Station and His Majesty's Theatre.
The 2012 WA Heritage Awards were presented by Heritage Minister John Castrilli as part of Australian Heritage Week celebrations. Mr Castrilli said the awards highlighted how State-registered heritage properties could be transformed into contemporary work and living spaces while still respecting their historic elements.
As a State Heritage Award winner, the William Street Revitalisation will will now compete on an international stage at the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation.
For details of other winners and high commendations, read Minister Castrilli's media release or visit www.stateheritage.wa.gov.au.
William Street Gallery