Perry Lakes

How is the heritage of the site retained?

During the community comment period within the early stages of the project, there was a strong feeling that the heritage of the site should be reflected in the redevelopment.

This has now been achieved in a number of ways:
• Retention of the scoreboard as an architectural feature.
• Reflecting the shape of the athletics track in the street layout.
• Reuse of the seating and flooring from the sporting structure in the public art and the boardwalk structures.
• Naming streets and public art to reflect the site's heritage.

Have building materials from the old stadium be recycled?

Community comment received during the statutory advertising period of the Draft Redevelopment Plan (August to October 2007) was overwhelmingly in support of an initiative to recycle materials from the demolition of the old stadium in the Perry Lakes Redevelopment Project.
Several highly effective ways to recycle materials on-site and elsewhere were implemented. For example, bricks and concrete were re-used as road base, while the timber stadium seating was used in public artwork and landscape features such as boardwalks.

What is the current status of the Perry Lakes redevelopment?

The Perry Lakes Redevelopment Plan was approved by the Minister for Planning and Infrastructure in July 2008. The community was widely consulted in the development of the plan, with consideration given to the broader impact of the project on the surrounding Floreat area.
The vision for Perry Lakes was to respectfully interweave elements of the history and heritage of the site by celebrating and continuing the modernist architectural tradition that was embraced by the Commonwealth Games and the broader Floreat garden suburb.
All construction works have been completed. The works have created a number of vibrant public open spaces, extensive boardwalk areas along the East Lake and the histroy of the site has been remembered through the use of features within the estate such as interpretative signage and road names.
The Perry Lakes Grandstand has been demolished. All single residential lots are now sold and homes are being built. One apartment lot remains, and will be released to the developer market soon.

What are the main features of the redevelopment plan?

Key features of the plan include:

  • Up to 606 dwelling units including a variety of lot sizes and housing types to cater for a wide range of needs
    • 15.7 per cent public open space, exceeding the normal planning requirement of 10 per cent public open space
    • Retention of the majority of existing trees bordering the site
    • Better management of traffic flows in and around the site from the draft redevelopment plan
    • Materials such as timber seating to be used in public walkways and artwork; recycled bricks will be crushed and used as road base
    • The retention of the stadium scoreboard
    • Rehabilitation and landscaping of the eastern edge of East Lake including weed removal and additional native flora plantings
    • Access to lake area via raised walkways and information trails
    • Design guidelines and detailed area plans resulting in a vibrant contemporary and sustainable development

What are the Detailed Area Plans and Design Guidelines?

DevelopmentWA has developed Detailed Area Plans (DAP) and Design Guidelines in consultation with the Town of Cambridge and the Department of Planning and Infrastructure. The DAPs specify the location, orientation, height, design and the space between buildings, as well as the landscaping around houses and other aspects. The Design Guidelines will ensure homes in Perry Lakes incorporate energy efficiency principles, such as climate responsive design, and also detail their desired character, setting and amenity.

I've seen pictures of the Perry Lakes redevelopment. Is that what it is going to look like?

The images, based on the redevelopment plan and the Perry Lakes Design Guidelines, are intended to show how the redevelopment may look like in the future. An animated fly-through of the proposed redevelopment shows the types of buildings proposed, the scale and density of the development and the expected landscape of the streets and lake edge.
The Perry Lakes Design Guidelines will encourage the development to embrace the modernist architectural style to reflect building styles prevalent around the time of the 1962 Commonwealth Games including the athlete's village. The animated fly through shows the types of designs that would be permitted under the Perry Lakes design guidelines and is only conceptual.

Visually, how will the redevelopment appear from the surrounding area?

The plan retains the established trees and vegetation around the north and east of the site next to the area of single residential lots with a maximum two storey height limit. The site is generally lower than its surrounds and this will further limit potential visual impact.
The higher density housing will be located in the south-west corner of the site, near Underwood Avenue, which is a divided four lane road with a three storey office development on the opposite side. The maximum height in this precinct will be five storeys, which is the height of the main grandstand at Perry Lakes.

Will there be any environmental impacts on the lakes?

The Perry Lakes Redevelopment will go beyond the requirements of The Perry Lakes Redevelopment Act (2005) by undertaking extensive work to improve the condition of the eastern lake edge fronting the redevelopment including the removal of weeds and exotic plants. Rehabilitation and landscaping using native species is an important part of the project to assist with the overall enhancement of the area.
Pedestrian and cycle networks and public open spaces provide convenient and attractive links between the residential area and the improved wetlands, with controlled access to the lakes area via raised walkways and information trails.
These initiatives are approved in the Perry Lakes Redevelopments' Wetlands Management Plan.

How much of the site is public open space (POS)?

Approximately 15.7 per cent of the site is dedicated to POS, which is significantly more than the usual allowance of 10 per cent public open space and more than the 15 per cent requirement under the legislation.
The POS includes the retained areas of trees to the north and east of the site. In addition, there are a number of smaller landscaped spaces and a central walk-through linking the wetlands with the new and existing surroundings.