The recent official opening of the $440 million waterfront development at Elizabeth Quay is a defining moment in Perth’s progress as a City, and a special moment for every person who has been involved in delivering this iconic project.
RPS General Manager David Sim, said after working on the development for nine years, the RPS project team is excited to see the transformation from initial design vision to a stunning waterfront precinct.
“Elizabeth Quay has revitalised Perth’s Swan River shoreline providing an accessible public space that until now, has been missing from the City’s landscape,” Mr Sim said.
“The RPS team has enjoyed each stage of our involvement, supporting the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority (MRA) address environmental and sustainability elements from initial design into construction.”
The Elizabeth Quay precinct consists of an inlet, extensive areas of public promenade, an island housing the reconstructed Florence Hummerston kiosk, an interactive water feature and play area, and several food and beverage outlets. The precinct is being opened today, with the surrounding nine development lots now ready for market, and subject to sales for the construction of a mixture of commercial, hotel, retail and residential development.
The RPS environment team has been working on the Elizabeth Quay project since 2007, undertaking the initial design process and major investigations, environmental reporting and management plans.
“RPS was heavily engaged during the first stage of construction, with 18 months of groundwater monitoring and contamination remediation activities occurring,” Mr Sim said.
“The second phase of construction saw RPS providing ongoing strategic environmental advice to the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority, including review of inlet water quality and dredging practices, with the RPS APASA team also providing advice on dredging and water quality aspects.”
The opening of Elizabeth Quay will bring the river and the city together again but RPS’ involvement does not end here. Post-construction environmental monitoring will be undertaken over coming years.
More information regarding the Elizabeth Quay development and opening weekend can be found at the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority website: www.mra.wa.gov.au