THE evolution of the Canning Bridge Activity Centre skyline has reached another milestone with the “topping out” of Cirque Apartments.
A 3m Norfolk pine tree will be elevated to the top of the $110 million, 20-level development in Mt Pleasant to mark the occasion.
Threatening weather delayed that tradition this week but nothing could dampen Stirling Capital managing director Luke Reinecke’s excitement.
“Perth’s southern skyline has not seen a significant development like this since the Raffles Hotel was redeveloped in 2002,” he said.
“I hope that Cirque will be viewed by the people of Perth as an enrichment of the skyline and we hope its clever design will deliver the ingredients that foster a real sense of community for residents.”
Mr Reinecke said 96 of the 111 luxury apartments on offer had sold, with residents to begin filling them in February.
Given the green light in 2015, Cirque was the first development to take advantage of the Canning Bridge Activity Centre Plan.
Many more developments are planned for the area, including The Precinct (22 storeys) and Sabina Applecross (30 storeys).
A second Cirque tower will also be built, with sales launching in the coming weeks.
The developments will help the City of Melville meet infill targets set by the State Government, with 18,000 new dwellings needed by 2050.
In April, Housing Minister Peter Tinley said the challenge was to create diverse and affordable housing choices across Perth.
Property Council WA executive director Lino Iacomella said local governments had to be “involved at an early point to engage communities with their local planning schemes”.
“The property industry understands that the public will only fully accept higher densities if it is shown the bigger picture, including better connections to public transport, more schools and child-care places, green spaces as well as the increased urban vibrancy that comes with more clientele for local shops and cafes,” he said.
Melville’s corporate services director Marten Tieleman said the City had promoted the benefits of density for a number of years.
“The City’s approach to density is to get the best out of existing local infrastructure by concentrating development around transport hubs, transport routes and creating activity centres,” he said.
“By taking this approach we are able to preserve Melville’s quiet leafy suburbs while at the same time encourage exciting new things to happen in the right places.
“As we see in modern cities and towns across the globe, density helps bring centres like the Canning Bridge precinct and Melville City centre (to life) with increased vibrancy, energy and amenity.
“Overall, increased density facilitates improved services and facilities.”
– Cirque Apartments –
$110 million, 20-level development in Mt Pleasant.
The residential apartment development includes 111 apartments, 96 of which are sold.
It was designed by MJA Studio and built by Jaxon.
It features 2,200sqm of shared facilities including bar and barbecue areas, a theatre, sauna, gym, pool, games room and dining room.
Cirque’s sustainable design earned it a 5 Star Green Star Rating from the Green Building Council of Australia, the first residential apartment development in WA to achieve the status.