The development touted as creating a new centre for Perth’s CBD is gaining momentum, with plans lodged for two residential towers at Kings Square.
The first images of the towers, which will collectively house 563 apartments over 42 and 48 storeys respectively, have also been released.
Billed by its developers as a new city centre to rival St Georges Terrace, Kings Square will occupy about one hectare in the Perth City Link project, including the site of the former Perth Entertainment Centre.
The precinct consists of seven staged developments, including the two apartment towers known as Kings Square 6. The towers will have space for retail on the ground floor but will not include commercial tenancies.
The wider Kings Square development will include the Australian arm of energy giant Royal Dutch Shell, HBF and John Holland as tenants.
The site is owned by Seven Entertainment, a subsidiary of Kerry Stokes’ flagship vehicle Seven Group Holdings. Mr Stokes is also chairman of Seven West Media, publisher of The West Australian.
The development application for Kings Square 6 was lodged with the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority this month.
Seven Group project director Steve Wise said the scheme would now be assessed on its merits by the MRA and other relevant agencies would assess the project on its merits.
“The design of the twin tower project was the outcome of a design competition run by Seven Entertainment and won by Woods Bagot,” Mr Wise said.
“Woods Bagot principal Grant Boshard led the design team.
“The twin towers ... of 48 and 42 storeys will provide 563 new homes and will be the landmark residential project in Perth’s City Link and a further development of Kings Square.
“The (development application) lodgement follows Seven’s successful strategy in Kings Square by promoting excellence in design and increasing the certainty of outcome for what is a great new precinct for Perth.”
Perth Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi said it was wonderful to see more residents coming into a part of the city not previously populated.
“This continued increase in residential numbers in the city centre creates even more vitality and enhances viability for the many small businesses that will continue to open,” she said.