Elizabeth Quay looking at the city from the river
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News
Date
13 September 2017

Elizabeth Quay earns WA development industry’s highest honour

  • Elizabeth Quay

Perth’s newest city landmark – Elizabeth Quay – has won industry acclaim as an exemplary urban renewal project from the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) WA.

The project won the Western Australian UDIA Urban Renewal Award for Excellence for transformation of 10hectares of land in Perth’s CBD into the iconic Elizabeth Quay.

From 2012 to the 2016, the MRA restored a valuable connection between Perth city and the Swan River, which had previously been cut by roads and decades of modern development. The $440million development was massively ambitious. City roads were redesigned, tonnes of soil unearthed, valuable heritage items relocated and iconic new attractions, art and infrastructure constructed; all to transform the city’s riverfront.

“MRA has some of the highest quality experts in project management, engineering, architecture, construction, environmental and heritage management working as part of a collaborative team to deliver this once-in-a-generation project for Perth,” MRA CEO Kieran Kinsella said.

“We literally shifted Perth city’s riverline to be closer to the CBD to encourage people to engage with one of our most picturesque natural assets and everyone who worked on the project remained committed to that vision.”

“In just under four years, we created a dynamic new entertainment and leisure precinct, with a man-made island, bridge, playground, water park, artworks, ferry terminal, boat moorings and new places to eat and drink all situated around a picturesque inlet.”

Mr Kinsella said Elizabeth Quay was designed and delivered for the people of Western Australia and would continue to have a profoundly positive impact on how people live, work and play in our city for many years to come.”

Coupled with an extensive placemaking program, which has attracted a diverse range of world-class events, Elizabeth Quay has delivered record-breaking success for MRA and people of Perth.

More than six million visits were recorded at the quay in its first year, and research shows the area now attracts more people, especially children and families, than ever before. Visitors are spending more time in the area, which is translating into economic benefits for the State.

Record trading days were recorded at Elizabeth Quay in 2016/17, while the relocation of the Transperth Ferry Terminal into the quay contributed to a doubling of ferry patronage between December 2015 and 2016.

Since opening, Elizabeth Quay has earned a level of recognition and attachment usually generated by great landmarks over decades – setting solid foundations for the next $2.2billion phase of private development that will deliver 800 new apartments, offices, 400 hotel rooms and a range of shopping and dining options over the coming decade.

Visit the Elizabeth Quay website for more information.