Perth Girls School

A new civic precinct

Perth Girls School is a new civic precinct combining a deep respect of the past with bold ideas for the future.

Linking central Perth with Matagarup bridge and Optus Stadium, at the heart of a growing East Perth Neighbourhood and with unique history and heritage, the site has all the key ingredients to create a new Perth icon that adds value to the community.

Recognising this potential, our vision is to create a sustainable regeneration project that improves the quality of life in East Perth.

Diverse stories + history

One of the key attributes of the East Perth area is its many layers of history. These stories will be celebrated, reinterpreted, and explored in both the physical and social environments of the precinct.

The site of Perth Girls’ School is recognised as Whadjuk boodja (Whadjuk Country).

We acknowledge the custodians of this land, the Whadjuk Noongar people and their Elders past and present. We acknowledge and respect their continuing culture and the contribution they make to the life of this city and this region.

Progress

Good things take time.

Having completed the restoration and excavation of the site, the PGS has been home to Artrage, including Fringe World and Girls School Cinema.

The activation initiatives with Artrage, together with many conversations with the community, government, nearby landowners, traditional owners and other stakeholders, have brought energy and ideas to the project.

The Development Application (DA) represents a significant milestone and the next exciting phase in the site’s regeneration.

Following the determination of the DA, the project team will continue to activate the precinct, engage with the community and stakeholders and move towards detailed design, construction and operation.

Planning framework

One of the key milestones for the site was the approval of the Design Guidelines in June 2020. The guidelines formalise the vision and objectives for the site and the planning controls that apply.

Since the endorsement of the guidelines, the design has been further refined through an architectural competition to ensure the vision is realised and the very best design outcome is achieved.

The changes proposed significantly improve how the site functions, including improved amenity for residents and enhance the benefit for the community.

The design remains compliant with the overall height and bonus plot ratio controls in the Design Guidelines, with only minor variations relating to setbacks, floor plates and podium heights proposed.

Community benefit

The proposed development will transform the site into a treasured community asset and achieve the vision set by the Design Guidelines by:

Becoming an arts + culture hub
delivering 1,750sqm of cultural and creative space including new Artrage performance and administration space, art galleries and local retail space.

Celebrating layers of history + heritage
of the State Heritage Listed Building with 4,900sqm of adaptive reuse, including over 2,000sqm of public access, new public artwork and indigenous owner engagement.

Delivering everyday activation + amenity
with over 3,367sqm of new public parks, 3,508sqm of convenience retail including a new full line supermarket and 1,600sqm upgrade to Bronte Street.

Providing real housing choice
through 742 new innercity apartments suitable for the whole community including 500 build to rent dwellings, 242 build to own apartments and 20% delivery of affordable housing (100 dwellings).

Creating a sustainable landmark
with 5-star green star certification, 7.5 NatHERS minimum and 800 purpose built bike parking, mobility hub and car-share scheme.

Uses + activites

The site will create a new destination for Perth and an anchor for the existing and future local community.

Uses within the heritage building on the south side include a new micro-brewery, creative maker spaces and art galleries, restaurants, cinema and Fringe Festival programming, as well as office space and a yoga studio.

The northern site then transitions to retail convenience, including a new full line supermarket, gym / medical, eye wear, bakery, florist and wine store. The new businesses will fill a significant gap in East Perth and help to create a new community hub.

Character + heritage

The restoration and enhancement of Perth Girls School will be the centre piece of the development, providing over 2,000sqm of public access and creating pedestrian links, public spaces and activated courtyards.

New development has been designed to take cues from the existing building through the materials used, symmetry, colours and the proportionality. This results in a series of buildings that can be read both individually and collectively as a precinct.

Considerable effort has also been placed into understanding the indigenous significance, and the former cemetery and WA Police Headquarters. These stories will be reflected, celebrated and/or reinterpreted through nomenclature, wayfinding, architecture, landscape, public art, occupation, performance and ceremonial rituals of daily life.

 

Housing + Community

The development will inject new life into East Perth and deliver a wide variety of housing options for the whole community.

New dwellings are proposed across four new buildings and will include build to sell and build to rent apartments. The dwellings will range in size and layout, including studio, 1, 2, 3 and 4 bedroom options.

The build to rent housing will be retained in ownership by the developer and offered to the market as rental properties.

This innovative model helps to address affordability and will transform Assemble’s role from developer to community steward and manager.

It also allows for the delivery of 100 affordable/social dwellings, in partnership with Housing Choices Australia.

Bringing community to life

Apartments will provide high amenity with sweeping views in all directions.

Over 33% of the site will feature communal open spaces, including new rooftops, terraces and ground floor tenancies.

The broader public will also have access to these spaces as micro sports, lending libraries, community meeting rooms, co-working spaces and Assemble community café.

Public space + greenery

New public spaces will be designed to link the southern and northern sites, provide space for activation and add greenery, trees and landscape to the site.

New public destinations will include 1,785sqm forecourt public park, beer gardens and event spaces, activated courtyards, upgrades to Bronte Street and a new 1,582sqm neighbourhood common on the supermarket rooftop.

These spaces allow for retention of 20 trees on site and planting of over 100 new trees.

The landscape prioritises the use of local species, and responds to neighbourhood character, including

  • linking to the East Perth cemetery,
  • responding to indigenous history, and connection to country and
  • delivery of public art.

Access + mobility

Located on the doorstep to the central city and on-top of a significant range of services and facilities for daily life, residents will have few reasons to leave the neighbourhood resulting in the first principles of sustainability being achieved.

This strategy is strengthened through prioritising walking, cycling, car-share and electric vehicles, including new pedestrian paths, public space, a purpose built 800 bay bike parking facility and end of trip facilities for workers.

From a vehicle perspective, access points and waste servicing has been pushed to the western boundary to ensure crossovers are minimised and do not interrupt pedestrians.

Basement car parking is proposed below the built to sell towers and public car parking is proposed in the basement of the northern site, providing access to the supermarket (82 bays).

Noting that demand for car parking may change in the future, an innovative mobility hub is proposed above ground on the northern site. This parking can be adapted in the future to higher and better use including residential, office or community / cultural uses.

Seeking future partners

Assemble recognises that partnerships and programming fosters community ties, strengthens connections to the places we build, and creates awareness for the complex challenges we need to address in our cities.

We are committed to creating an inclusive, safe, and welcoming community within the Perth Girls School, where people feel at home.

Local partnerships and creative collaborations will be integral to success. Our current and continuing partnership with Artrage, is a testament to this.

If you are interested in being part of our journey, register your details via the form below.

Register for the information session

A Development Application has been lodged for the site, marking the next exciting phase in the area’s regeneration.

The Perth Girls School information session has already been held. If you would like further information you can email us at [email protected]

Next steps

Assemble and ADC are proud and excited about the delivery of the Perth Girls School redevelopment.

The Development Application is out for public comment, until Wednesday 9th March 2022.

If you would like to provide comments we encourage you to do so through the Development WA webpage. If you would like to learn more about the project, the webpage contains links to all submitted reports, including the Development Application Report, Architectural Plans and Design Statement, Heritage Assessment, Landscape Design and a Transport Impact Assessment.

 

Stay in touch

If you have any other questions about the project, or are interested in being part of our journey, please reach out via:

E: [email protected]
P: 1300 181 295