A LARGE site next to Fiona Stanley Hospital will become a thriving hub of activity, rivalling the best in Perth, if dreams by Fini Group are realised.
The local developer was chosen by the State Government in July to build the first stage of the Murdoch Health and Knowledge Precinct on the 9.6ha site.
The $200 million project will include 175 apartments, a 150-bed aged care facility, a super medical clinic, WA’s first Medihotel, short-stay accommodation, plus more than 6000sq m of commercial, retail and amenity space built across five buildings.
Development director Kyle Jeavons said the aim was to capitalise on the number of people at Fiona Stanley, St John of God Hospital, Murdoch University, South Metropolitan Tafe and Murdoch train station to turn it into a vibrant hub to rival Leederville and Mt Lawley.
“There’s 10,000 employees within 600m of this site. he critical part of the project is creating a town centre that will offer entertainment and be a place people want to live and spend time, not just work and leave,” he said.
“This is the first opportunity to do that.”
The five buildings that make up stage one will be built together, something Mr Jeavons said was rare. But he was confident Fini Group’s team of partners was capable of delivering on the project.
Construction is expected to start in mid-2018 and be finished late in 2021.
Melville Mayor Russell Aubrey said the project was supported by the City, which should benefit through additional rates.
“We are really keen to see it activate the area,” he said.
The State Government said the broader Murdoch Activity Centre could eventually be home to 35,000 jobs, 22,000 residents and up to 44,000 students.