DEVELOPER 3 Oceans will be hoping its ambitious tourist-friendly proposal outweighs concerns about height and overdevelopment at the Scarborough site.
The revised plans decrease the number of residential apartments, hotel rooms and parking bays.
According to the development application, Hillam Architects designed the podium to emulate an oyster, while the two towers have a deliberate contrasting form and appearance set on a 45-degree rotation to “improve residential amenity and to accentuate the visual slenderness”. A bridging element connects the towers and its roof comprises residential common areas of a swimming pool and outdoor spaces.
The application described alternative plans for two, three and four 18-storey towers but claimed the taller towers would preserve ocean views.
“Our view was always that in building four 18-storey towers next to the ponderous Rendezvous Hotel, effectively of the same height, could hardly be held up as iconic,” the application said.
“Our client pointed out that the international promotion of the precinct required something much more dramatic in the same way that dramatic buildings are the promoters of other cities, large and small.”
It said standard planning principles often allowed for additional height on corners and precinct entries.
The authority contemplated this “though understandably were concerned about community concerns relating to height, which historically had been an issue”.
The application said the amended development would result in more overshadowing cast by the buildings but this was spread over more lots so had a “better dispersed outcome”.
What is being proposed
– A 43-storey and 38-storey tower
– 324 residential apartments
– 148-room 4-star hotel
– WA Market Hall offering local produce
– WA Coastal Experience Centre
– Convention centre
– Public observation deck, restaurant and exhibition space at top of west tower
– 750 car parking bays, including 264 public bays offering one-hour free parking
– 3502sq m of retail space
WA Coastal Experience Centre
3 Oceans proposes to create this centre showcasing WA’s 12,500km of diverse coastline from Wyndham to Esperance.
It will feature a tourism shop selling local tours and experiences, and locally-made products and merchandise.
Externally, the north-facing courtyard will be landscaped with native plants to replicate regional experience, featuring pools and a rock face reminiscent of coastal gorges.
The developer is exploring partnership opportunities with tourism organisations for the conceptualisation, design, delivery and management of the proposed attraction.