A 10-storey half-timbered building the office building proposed for a CBD site in Perth was recommended for approval.
Designed by local company Donaldson Boshard, the building will be constructed at 78-90 Mounts Bay Road, north of the state-listed Bishop’s House, a two-story Georgian Victorian-style residence built in 1859 for the first bishop Anglican from WA.
The promoter notes that the design of the building was shaped by its garden and the heritage context. “The facade of the building will consist of a refined curtain wall system with a series of cantilevered pieces beyond the row of columns of the building to provide an interesting interface between the gardens and the workspaces,” note planning documents. “Two roof terraces on the eighth level of the building offer views of the river and Kings Park.”
The proposed building will join other office buildings constructed adjacent to the Heritage Bishop’s House since Multiplex Property Trust and the Hawaiian Property Group purchased the site in 1999. A heritage impact statement prepared by Element In support of the proposal notes that although the scale of the new building is significantly larger than that of Bishop’s House, the separation between the two is similar to the surrounding existing multi-story buildings. Its shape will also protect against intrusion from the neighboring Forrest Center, which currently harms the landscaped gardens around the residence due to its pristine concrete wall.
The Heritage Council of Western Australia initially opposed the proposal, noting in August that the office building would dominate Bishop’s House and that the scale of ‘pods’, especially at higher levels, would have a negative impact on the building. heritage of the site. values. But after a redesign that saw the width of the pods reduced and their protrusion limited to four meters, the council gave its support to the proposal.
The Perth City Local Development Assessment Committee will review the development at its December 20 meeting, which has been recommended for approval subject to a number of conditions, including a final landscape master plan. be produced for the site and that a Bishop’s House decay study be prepared.