Perth’s office building will be dismantled in a “disaster of epic proportions” as it is torn down and rebuilt on a site previously home to a mining company.
Key points:Work on the new office building began in JuneThe building will house up to 200 people and will feature a rooftop terraceConstruction has begun on a $100 million overhaul to the office building projectIt will include an underground river to feed fresh water from the surrounding sea to the siteWork on replacing the building began on June 1, 2016, with a $110 million overhaul that will involve installing a new rooftop terraces, an underground water tank, new roof panels, new windows and new floors.
The Perth CBD is home to the Perth International Airport, the Royal Botanic Gardens and the Western Australian Museum.
Construction of the office project began in the summer of 2016 and has been in the planning stages since then.
“This is going to be a spectacular, extraordinary job,” City Council leader Tony Stewart said.
“It’s going to have a really huge impact on the area and the city and it’s a major part of our city’s future.”
The Perth City Council has commissioned an expert firm to provide advice to the city about how to proceed.
“I am looking forward to a very clear, clear, fair decision,” Mr Stewart said of the decision to dismantle the building.
“The building has been a major landmark in our city for many years.
It’s been a landmark for generations.”
When the building was first built it was a huge, great, historic building, it was the heart of the city.
“And that is now going to go away.”
A lot of people are going to lose their jobs, a lot of businesses will close, a significant amount of investment is going off the table and that’s a very big, big blow to our city.
“A $100,000 demolition of the building has begunThe Perth office project will include a rooftop roof terrace and a new roof panel that will open up onto the water source that was used to keep the city water supply safe and fresh.”
You could see that water coming out of the water tanks and the terraces,” Mr Wright said.”[We’re] going to open up the terrace so people can see the water coming off the terracing, look out over the city, see the river and that water is going down the river.
“He said it would be a “really big change” to the existing city’s infrastructure.”
We’ve had a lot more water in the city than before, and there is a lot less rainfall coming through,” he said.
The City of Perth says it will be the first time that it has been dismantled and rebuilt using the existing building site.