Aerial photo of the Scarborough Beach redevelopment
17 September 2018

Scarborough Foreshore earns industry honours

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The Scarborough Beach redevelopment has won industry acclaim at the 2018 WA Urban Development Institute of Australia awards for best Government and Public Use project.

Together, the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority (MRA) and the City of Stirling delivered a series of contemporary recreation spaces, outstanding community amenities and improved beach access as part of the $100million project that has positioned Scarborough as Australia’s best beachfront destination.

The collaborative approach saw government resources and expertise pooled to deliver the transformational project, with the assistance of Design Consortium TCL – Taylor Cullity Lethlean, UDLA, Arup, Head Contractor Georgiou, alongside the Whadjuk Working Party, Paul Carter for Creative Template and additional architects and artists.

The revitalisation paid homage to Scarborough’s unique identity and vibrant history to create a diverse destination that complements the beachfront character and broadens its appeal to visitors.

MRA A/Chief Executive Officer Sean Henriques said the Scarborough foreshore redevelopment was a leading model for excellence in innovation and collaboration by government in the planning and delivery of a major public infrastructure development.

“This success has been underpinned by the working partnerships and cooperation between all parties involved in the design and creation of Scarborough’s exciting new amenities and has become a benchmark for future collaborative civic projects in Western Australia,” he said.

“Community and stakeholders have played a very active role in shaping what is the new look Scarborough Beach. We heard ideas from thousands of people through local community, business and government workshops, and through extensive online consultation.”

Completed in less than 18 months, the revitalised beachfront elements include; an open-air recreation space with climbing walls, international competition grade skate bowl and skate park; a Lotteywest playground, and public pool recreation complex. The area also boasts a new civic square with improved transport connections, a new surf club building and Sunset Hill, a space with spectacular views loved by locals and visitors alike.

Plantings of local species to improve shade provisions and careful relocation of the heritage listed 40-metre clock tower were carefully planned and executed throughout construction to preserve and enhance the local coastal environment.

City of Stirling Mayor Mark Irwin said the landmark project was a once in a generation opportunity to refresh the internationally renowned surfing beach and reenergise the aging beachfront.

“The Scarborough foreshore has been embraced as a contemporary, safe, attractive and family-focused hub full of renewed life, and activity, with something for everyone all year round."

As winners of the UDIA WA awards, the Scarborough Foreshore and Yagan Square are now finalists in the National UDIA Awards which will be awarded in March 2019.

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