West Perth Special Control Area
Paterson Architects was engaged by two landowners and through liaison with a third landowner, to assist with the creation of a Special Control Area as part of the City of Perth Planning Scheme.
The objective was to consolidate development potential across three key West Perth sites.
The vision, embraced by the City of Perth, was the creation of a town square for the West Perth commercial area, a publicly accessible and activated space, with mixed-use development, designed in a sustainable manner with solar access at lunchtime in key pedestrian and passive recreational areas.
Special Control Areas are often created because of a specific development. In this case the reverse was the case. Paterson Architects was tasked with the site analysis and potential design response sufficient to demonstrate to the City of Perth the type and scale of development possible having regard to the planning scheme and policy requirements relating to parking, street activation, built form and plot ratio of the combined sites.
The outcome was well received with underground parking, rear servicing, possible fresh food and mixed retail at ground level framing and activating the plaza, commercial offices and apartments or aged care with occupant amenity areas as indicative land uses sustaining each other and forming a live, work and play environment.
Planning indicated an opportunity to introduce sustainable tool assessments such as Green Star, WELL and even the Living Building Challenge petals, a low carbon, energy, water, and waste efficient biophilic project is our aspiration.