Scarborough Beach Redevelopment

Design Feature
Project Type
Local Government Initiative
State
Western Australia
Location
Urban

As a partnership between the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority (MRA) and the City of Stirling, the Scarborough Beach redevelopment was implemented in 2013 to revitalise the Scarborough foreshore and stimulate investment and growth into the area. 

A community-focussed development, inspired by history 

The project is located between the ocean and the retail/residential lots from the Reserve Street carpark to the north, down to Brighton Road in the south. It covers the full expanse of the public realm, with the exception of the pool which was undertaken as a separate project by the City of Stirling.    

Premier Mark McGowan at the official opening of Scarborough Beach in 2018
Premier Mark McGowan at the official opening of Scarborough Beach in 2018

The revitalisation of Scarborough; one of Perth’s most iconic beaches, includes the creation of new play areas, green open spaces, a skate park, piazzas and boardwalks. The approach to planning the site was to bring the services and facilities into one linear strip connected by two new promenades. This design allows pedestrians and bike users to move through the space in a cohesive and simple manner. The activity nodes, seating areas and future development lots are aligned along these promenades to simplify legibility of the site. 

Working in a brown fields site meant that no additional space was developed, and as such car parking is strictly limited. Strong connections to existing bike networks and improved public transport access, via an upgraded Transit Hub, provide the community with opportunities to visit Scarborough Beach without a car, supporting active transport and physical activity.

The Whale Playground explores stories shared by the Wadjuk Working Party and the local community in a fun, iconic and unique space.
The Whale Playground explores stories shared by the Wadjuk Working Party and the local community in a fun, iconic and unique space.

The project was undertaken in consultation with the Wadjuk working party and as such many elements of the design reference the stories and information they provided about Scarborough Beach. Furthermore, the team looked to surfing and classic car culture that has shaped Scarborough to date, to guide certain design approaches. Utilising these two sources has provided the project with a connection to the history and feel of old Scarborough. Entrenching, as much as possible, a sense of place, which is fundamental when undertaking such a large redevelopment.

The project also included consultation with several disability advocacy groups and the playground has been designed to be more inclusive and accessible, for example there is a changing place facility on site and inclusive all-ability access to the beach. The revitalisation project has created an exciting new destination for the community to enjoy, day or night, at any time of year

In its heyday of the 1950’s the original Snakepit was an outdoor rock and roll dance pit.  Utilising its namesake, the revitalised Snake Pit is a multi-generational space include skate facilities, climbing walls and a basketball court.
In its heyday of the 1950’s the original Snakepit was an outdoor rock and roll dance pit. Utilising its namesake, the revitalised Snake Pit is a multi-generational space include skate facilities, climbing walls and a basketball court.

The detailed design of foreshore improvements was undertaken by the design consortium led by Taylor Cullity Lethlean, UDLA and Arup. The consultant team worked closely with MRA, the City of Stirling, the Wadjuk Working Party and other key stakeholders over several years to develop and implement the project.

Project Team 

  • Principal: MRA and City of Stirling
  • Project Manager: PWC
  • Key Consultant Team: Taylor Cullity Lethlean, UDLA, Arup, O’brien Harrop, ETC, Electrolight, Hydroplan, Chaney architects, Hames Sharley, Wadjuk Working Party.
  • Lead Contractor: Georgiou
  • Artists: Scapism, Bevan Honey, Sharyn Egan, Kylie Graham, Neville Collard, Paul Carter

Project Cost 

$100 Million (Including pool, previous stages of works and all other projects costs).

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