Design for North Perth town centre makeover revealed

An artist's impression of the North Perth Common designs.
An artist's impression of the North Perth Common designs.

DESIGN plans for a $740,000, new-look North Perth town centre have been unveiled.

Concept designs for North Perth Common include a suspended and interactive lighting art installation, green space with 14 more trees and a pedestrian friendly, shared space that can host community events and markets.

City of Vincent council will decide on the designs for the shared space planned for the corner of View and Fitzgerald streets at the June 26 meeting.

An artist’s impression of the North Perth Common designs.

Mayor Emma Cole said the design was two years in the making and involved extensive public consultation.

She said the consultation revealed residents were keen for a shaded place to sit, host events and enjoy public art.

“The circular lighting installation provides light to the area after dark, it invites people into the space and creates a cohesive whole with the circles carried throughout the design,” she said.

“It will also include a projector which will be used to ‘cast’ artworks on the street.”

An artist’s impression of the North Perth Common designs.

When Ms Cole asked at the briefing session on June 19 why underground power had not been taken into account, a staff member said with a cost of up to $400,000, it was not within the project’s budget or scope.

She said the City could potentially run the powerlines underground in the future.

The design phase of the project was budgeted for $114,000, but came in $42,380 under budget at $71,620, which allowed the City to increase Phase 2’s budget from $627,000 to $669,380.

When the design is passed at next week’s council meeting, it will then go to tender with construction to commence and be completed in the 2018/19 financial year.