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RPS environmental expertise the ‘quay’ to awards success in West Aus

RPS environmental expertise the ‘quay’ to awards success in West Aus


    Good urban planning is all about an ideal balance struck between social, environmental, economic and aesthetic outcomes, and RPS has played a key role in the achievement of award-winning balance for two of Perth’s most pivotal urban revitalisation projects – Elizabeth Quay and Claremont on the Park.

    Both projects took home category awards at the recent Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) Awards for Excellence state ceremony, and will now go on to compete for national honours with others recognised among Australia’s best for planning.

    RPS was the lead environment consultant for both redevelopments, contributing to the achievement of better environmental planning outcomes for local urban eco-systems along the Swan River for Elizabeth Quay and in the suburb of Claremont, southwest of the CBD.

    Elizabeth Quay took out the prestigious PIA President’s Award, as well as ‘Great Place’ honours and a commendation for the ‘From Plan to Place Award’ category.

    Environmental planning was a huge component of this landmark project, with the site incorporating both terrestrial (land) and riverine (aquatic) environments, and specialist management required for the management of contaminated soils and sediments, acid sulfate soils, dredging and discharges to the river.

    RPS worked across all phases of project delivery, including initial design and feasibility, detailed structure plan design and all site environmental investigations.
    Our team was charged with designing and conducting all environmental investigations, negotiating a referrals strategy with the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) and relevant stakeholders, and developing referral documentation under Section 38 of the Environmental Protection Act.

    LandCorp’s Claremont on the Park won the Best Planning Ideas – Small Project category, which considers projects advancing current planning practice and delivering benefits in a localised or neighbourhood setting.

    The award recognised the achievement of the project partners in creating a connected, vibrant, transport-oriented precinct featuring quality high-density living.

    Describing Claremont on the Park as “an urban project of tremendous significance”, PIA acknowledged the project team's success in re-energising the 135-year old station precinct while conserving the area’s heritage, and its integration with the surrounding established suburb.

    Engaged on Claremont on the Park since 2013, RPS was responsible for reviewing existing reports, undertaking additional detailed environmental site investigations, and drafting a Remediation Action Plan (RAP) to allow for appropriate site remediation to be conducted in a safe manner.

    Read more about our work on Elizabeth Quay here and discover the contribution of our team to Landcorp's Claremont on the Park here.

    Enquiries: Lauren Bonser on (07) 3237 8899

    28 November 2017