Penin­sula tow­ers on the rise

Southern Gazette (Belmont) - - FRONT PAGE - Matt Zis

THE Bur­swood Penin­sula sky­line is set to be re­shaped with the ap­proval of the area’s sixth and tallest res­i­den­tial tower.

At 31 storeys, Mir­vac’s so-called Tower 6 will sit city-side of the area’s ex­ist­ing line of tow­ers and share un­in­ter­rupted views across the Swan River to the CBD and of nearby Op­tus Sta­dium and Crown Perth.

The Metro Joint De­vel­op­ment As­sess­ment Panel granted fresh de­vel­op­ment ap­proval for a new, taller and sleeker build­ing at the Bow River Prom­e­nade site on Fri­day, su­per­sed­ing the 23-storey, 176-apart­ment tower plan it sanc­tioned in 2014.

The 101m-high build­ing will house nearly 200 one-, two- and three-bed­room apart­ments and has ap­proval for a five-level podium that will in­clude park­ing for 267 cars and 27 bi­cy­cles, a busi­ness cen­tre and some of the apart­ments. A shared pool, gym, lounge, lawn and bar­be­cue ar­eas for res­i­dents will be on level six.

At Fri­day’s meet­ing, El­e­ment plan­ning prin­ci­pal Mur­ray Cas­sel­ton said the curved, slen­der de­sign had drawn ac­co­lades from the coun­cil’s de­sign com­mit­tee and was a bet­ter de­vel­op­ment than what was pre­vi­ously ap­proved for the site.

“It was al­ways meant to be a res­i­den­tial tower and this sits right at the pin­na­cle of de­sign,” he said.

Bur­swood res­i­dent Neil Kidd, who lives in an apart­ment about 200m from the pro­posed tower, tried to dis­suade the panel from its ap­proval de­ci­sion.

The di­rec­tor for the pro­posed Perth World Trade Cen­tre crit­i­cised com­pli­ance in­con­sis­ten­cies be­tween the de­vel­op­ment plan and the 15-year-old Bur­swood Lakes Struc­ture Plan, which has proved to be well past its use-by date.

The 2003 struc­ture plan lim­its build­ing height to 21 storeys and 66m but came be­fore Op­tus Sta­dium and the 24-storey Crown Tow­ers.

Mr Kidd ar­gued un­suc­cess­fully a de­vel­op­ment ap­proval for the tower should not be ad­ju­di­cated be­fore a re­vised lo­cal struc­ture plan was in place.

While panel mem­bers agreed the struc­ture plan was out­dated and urged the Town of Vic­to­ria Park to up­date it ur­gently, they were not dis­suaded from ap­prov­ing the de­vel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tion for Tower 6.

The tower’s plan­ners also fought for, and won, a con­ces­sion to avoid pay­ing the stan­dard 1 per cent pub­lic art con­tri­bu­tion to the Town of Vic­to­ria Park, worth about $900,000.

Mir­vac will land­scape and even­tu­ally hand back to coun­cil an 800sq m area no longer needed for con­struc­tion of the tower as a trade-off. The panel backed a sug­ges­tion by pres­i­dent Me­gan Adair to make that ar­range­ment sub­ject to a le­gal agree­ment.

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