Victoria Quay Precinct Plans
From the outset our process was open and democratic, providing space for diverse voices to be heard.
What was the process?
We engaged with the Project Partnership team (client and government authorities) and Stakeholder Group (community and landowners) to develop a collaborative and community-focussed outcome. These groups, and others, were invited to contribute to numerous open days, walking tours, design charettes, online surveys and written correspondence. Over the course of the project over 65 stakeholder and engagement sessions were conducted in and around the project.
A key move was to reconnect Victoria Quay with the city. After extensive negotiation with the Perth Transport Authority we proposed the relocation of the bus interchange away from its current location outside the Railway Station. This shift would enable the railway forecourt to be reinstated as a bustling, civic square.
The view corridors through central Fremantle to the port are one of the best things about Fremantle. A key piece of community feedback was that these needed to be protected. To this end, we proposed a diverse range of building footprints as opposed to a single, monolithic building. Our design controls respond to the variety of existing building scales with VQ and along the adjacent streets.
What was our impact?
Our proudest achievement was the way in which we were able to stitch together the port and city. Using extensive community and stakeholder consultation and a transparent design process we were able to reconnect the Port, Railway Station and a pocket of urban parkland with the broader city.
The final outcome celebrates the history of the site whilst at the same time providing a framework for future civic and commercial development.