Scarborough towers edge closer as demolition starts on markets

The site o the corner of Scarborough Beach Road and West Coast Highway. Picture: Martin Kennealey.
The site o the corner of Scarborough Beach Road and West Coast Highway. Picture: Martin Kennealey.

UPDATE: THE community group opposed to the Scarborough towers development has welcomed clearing of the site.

Sunsets Not Skyscrapers spokeswoman Robyn Murphy said the demolition was “not before time” as the existing building had become an eyesore and health and safety hazard.

The group is collecting signatures for a petition to present to State Parliament requesting the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority reverse its approval.

Ms Murphy believed the site clearing would draw people’s attention to the proposed 43-storey and 33-storey towers.

“We continue to be amazed that so many people are unaware of the prospect of a huge skyscraper development on this site and they can’t wait to sign our petition when we tell them the main tower will be two and a half times the height of the Rendezvous Hotel,” she said.

“The public does not want this building at Scarborough Beach and we will continue to campaign to have it stopped.

“With 33 conditions to be met before building approval is granted, we believe there is still a long way to go.”

EARLIER: THE former Scarborough Fair Markets are being demolished.

3 Oceans is starting demolition of the buildings at its site at the corner of Scarborough Beach Road and West Coast Highway to make way for its Iconic Scarborough development.

The Chinese-owned developer appointed Perth company Brajkovich Demolition for the project.

Fencing will be erected around the site in the next week, with structural demolition starting in mid-November once all building interiors have been removed.

The demolition is expected to take about two months at a cost of $500,000.

A 3 Oceans spokesman said it would try to minimise disruption to nearby residents and businesses and would reuse or recycle up to 95 per cent of materials recovered during the work.

MORE: 3 Oceans welcomes Scarborough towers approval but community group unhappy

Community group Sunsets Not Skyscrapers opposes the towers but spokeswoman Robyn Murphy said the demolition was “not before time” as the existing building had become an eyesore and health and safety hazard.

The group is collecting signatures for a petition to present to State Parliament requesting the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority reverse its approval.

Ms Murphy believed the site clearing would draw people’s attention to the proposed 43-storey and 33-storey towers.

“We continue to be amazed that so many people are unaware of the prospect of a huge skyscraper development on this site and they can’t wait to sign our petition when we tell them the main tower will be two and a half times the height of the Rendezvous Hotel,” she said.

“The public does not want this building at Scarborough Beach and we will continue to campaign to have it stopped.

“With 33 conditions to be met before building approval is granted, we believe there is still a long way to go.”