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Western Australia Minister for Planning John Day

Barrack Square Transformation Gets Under Way

Victor P Taffa

  • State Government seeks contractor for Barrack Square transformation plan
  • Unique concepts sought from experienced operators for new kiosks
  • Jetty works commence with awarding of $7 Million construction contract

Work on Elizabeth Quay has progressed further as another construction contract has been awarded and plans are unveiled for an exciting transformation of Barrack Square.

Planning Minister John Day said a $7 Million contract the last of three early works packages had been awarded to specialist marine contractor Maritime Constructions to reconfigure the existing jetties and make way for construction of the inlet.

“Revitalising Barrack Square is a priority of the Elizabeth Quay project to ensure the precinct remains a key destination within the broader waterfront development.” Mr. Day said.


“In addition to the jetty works, the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority (MRA) will transform the area with a range of new short-term additions, including pop-up kiosks, public toilets, a cyclists’ station and children’s play space.”

The Minister said the State Government was also calling for expressions of interest from experienced food and beverage operators with innovative concepts to make use of kiosks.

“The kiosks will be fabricated from old shipping containers and accompanied by an alfresco deck, lighting, landscaping and shade to create a central activity hub in the area.” Mr. Day said.

“New casual dining and takeaway options will complement the current restaurants and cafes, and cater for increased tourists and visitors and those who regularly use the foreshore for business, exercise or their commute to work.”

Mr. Day said the start of jetty works and planned improvements for Barrack Square were important milestones in achieving the vision of reconnecting the city with the river.

“Together with the Perth City Link, Perth Cultural Centre and Riverside developments, Elizabeth Quay will change the way many West Australians interact with our city by offering a diverse mix of activities, events and places to visit.” Mr. Day said

Fact File

  • Elizabeth Quay to deliver 1,700 residential, serviced or hotel apartments
  • 150,000 sqm of office space and 39,000 sqm of retail space

Barrack Square Improvements

The MRA is seeking a suitably qualified and experienced contractor to undertake a range of short-term improvement works at Barrack Square, including:

  • A central main activity hub consisting of two pop-up kiosks,
  • A raised alfresco deck area with shading and lighting for patrons, and an amenity block to service the outlets
  • A children’s play space and drink fountains
  • Palm trees identified for transplantation as part of the broader Elizabeth Quay project will be potted temporarily in timber planters and temporarily located in Barrack Square
  • New directional signage and landscape improvements.

The short-term works are due for completion in time for the busy 2012-13 summer period.


Barrack Square Leasing Opportunities

Food and beverage operators with unique concepts are invited to bid for a number of new leasing opportunities within Barrack Square. Four ‘pop-up’ kiosks will be supplied with kitchen fit outs. Innovative concepts are sought for:

  • A gelato ice-cream or frozen yoghurt kiosk
  • A concept cafe for cyclists
  • Two casual food and beverage tenancies.

Kiosks will be available on a short-term licence from December 2012. Expressions of Interest will open next week and close in September 2012.


Jetty Works Contract

Following a competitive bid process, Maritime Constructions was selected for its construction methodology, experience and approach to working in an area that attracts high volumes of pedestrian, road and marine traffic.

Of the six piers at Barrack Square, Maritime Constructions will extend Pier No.5 and add three new finger jetties to Pier No.1 to ensure there is no loss of berthing capacity when the western most pier is demolished. Maritime Constructions will also supply and install new fuel, water, fire, power and waste services for the piers and finger jetties.

Works are scheduled for completion in February 2013 and public access to Barrack Square and neighbouring properties will be maintained at all times. 


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