19 December 2013 — Leighton Properties and Mirvac have been officially nominated as preferred developers for Perth’s $5.2 billion City Link project.
The Western Australian government announced the deal this week, which will see the creation of a mixed-use, transport-connected precinct that connects Northbridge and the Perth CBD.
Elements of the overall plan for regenerating the 13.5 hectare site include 1200 new apartments and approximately 150,000 square metres of office and retail space providing opportunities for 13,500 new workers.
The commercial component also includes some of Perth’s major new Green Star developments and public spaces: City Square, King’s Square, Queen’s Square and Milligan Bridge Plaza. There is also a transport infrastructure element including a new bus interchange and new rail infrastructure.
The 50:50 joint venture between Mirvac and Leighton builds on experience gained from the companies’ prior joint ventures.
Leighton Properties managing director Mark Gray said Leightons and Mirvac shared a common vision with the government for City Link.
“The consortium’s combined capabilities and experience positions us well to deliver a large, complex project of this magnitude,” said Mr Gray. “For Leighton Properties this means development delivery as well as the provision of public and private infrastructure in a staged and coordinated manner for the future benefit of the city and State.
“Perth City Link fits perfectly with our strategic focus of developing urban infrastructure that is high quality, innovative and sustainable in city centres around the nation.”
David Rolls, Mirvac chief executive – commercial, said Mirvac was excited to have been named in the joint venture.
“The leadership taken by the WA government and the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority to develop the Perth City Link will revitalise Perth and is designed to reconnect and complement the surrounding areas whilst providing a seamless integration with the adjoining transport nodes,” said Mr Rolls.
Sustainability is front and centre in the project team’s thinking, with a development-wide sustainability strategy and sustainability management framework to guide design, delivery and evaluation of both macro and micro Environmentally Sustainable Development initiatives.
A big picture item incorporated into the planning is the PCL Green Travel Action Plan being developed with TransPerth and City of Perth, which will incorporate mass transport, cycling, bike and car sharing as well as use of private vehicles.
All of the project activities will be carried out under ISO 14001 Environmental Management Plans, and an integrated waste management plan will target reductions in construction waste, with the Kings Square buildings for example aiming at diverting 80 per cent of construction waste from landfill.
Sound green principles will be applied to every building on the drawing board, with key measures including designing all buildings to encourage daylighting and external views, management of potable water use, support for buildings to implement wastewater treatment initiatives, and designing and monitoring buildings to achieve predicted NABERS and NatHERS benchmarks.
WA Planning Minister John Day said City Link was a major component of his government’s vision to transform Perth.
Construction is expected to start in 2015, and a number of enabling major works are already in the early stages, including relocating the Wellington Street Bus Station underground and sinking a section of the Fremantle rail line from the Horseshoe Bridge to King/Lake streets.
The City Link project is a cooperative venture between three tiers of government, led by the MRA and the Public Transport Authority with the City of Perth and the Federal Government.