CityVision’s submission and alternative plan retains Esplanade Park (part), Riverside Drive as an elegant bridge, limits overshadowing buildings: and still creates real estate revenue for government, while establishing greater civic and community value.
A (Brief) History of CityVision’s Involvement and Urban Design Principles for a better outcome:
CityVision has been actively involved since its inception in designs for and discussions about the Perth city foreshore, publishing its first scheme in 1988.This led in 1991 to an international design competition, which came to nothing. In response to plans for the Mandurah Railway (2000) Perth City Council reviewed several options: the State’s Landcorp then prepared Indicative plans for Mounts Bay (2007). A peer review group guide plan (2007) focused on The Esplanade and Barrack Square. Subsequent consultants ignored important aspects in their 2008 plan which was widely criticised by experts and public, particularly its sinuous sixty-storey buildings.
CityVision opposed this and prepared an alternative scheme based on sound principles; a second peer review confirmed our view. A new State Government invited CityVision to present these views and the Premier publicly endorsed the key concepts – notably a continuous Riverside Drive..
Unfortunately the consultants and the government taskforce – and a third peer group (2009) – have reiterated the high-rise designs and critically, have proposed to sever Riverside Drive – an, irreplaceable inner-city bypass and access route. This will prove to have disastrous impact on traffic congestion and city amenity.
CityVision continues to oppose the current plan, believing that Riverside Drive should be retained by means of a beautifully designed new road bridge, and that there should be no tall buildings on the foreshore itself.
NB To follow the story, begin with the first slide – ”Perth City Foreshore – A Balanced Approach to Urban Design” – and progress seriatim through the presentation.