Perth's 10 future tallest buildings

Perth's 10 future tallest buildings
Perth's 10 future tallest buildings

While the global property market is facing some of its most strenuous times amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the Perth real estate industry is experiencing quite the opposite. A surge in demand for apartments has seen some agents making up to $7 million in sales in a day

In addition to a robust residential market, Perth's office shortage has been a topic of discussion for years. Experts suggest an additional 4.8 million square metres of commercial space is needed in order to accommodate demand.

Thankfully, several new skyscrapers are in the pipeline – most of which are mixed-use, catering to both the growing demand for residential housing and office space. 

Perth's 10 future tallest buildings
Perth 1880. Credit: RAC WA/YouTube
Perth's 10 future tallest buildings
Perth 1990. Credit: RAC WA/YouTube
Perth's 10 future tallest buildings
Future Perth vision. Credit: Urbis/Stephanie Keith

Here are Perth's 9 future tallest skyscrapers:

1. ST ANDREWS HOTEL/ST ANDREWS PLACE, 222m

Architect: Cox Howlett + Bailey Woodland

Status: Approved but on hold 

Building type: Hotel/Residential

Perth's 10 future tallest buildings
Credit: Cox Howlett + Bailey Woodland

A beacon of glimmering gold has been on the cards for Perth's skyline for a few years now. The approved 222-metre tower has been approved; however, the City of Perth have granted the developer Fragrance Group a two-year extension. Once complete, the $100 million development would become the third tallest tower in Perth, after Central Park (249m) and Brookfield Place (244m). The development would see the existing 114-year-old church retained to be utilised as a 152-seat restaurant for hotel guests and the public. St Andrews is also likely to feature 485 hotel rooms and 60 serviced apartments.

2. PERTH+, 207m

Architect: REX, HASSELL

Status: Invited competition 2016; first prize 2017; commenced Design Development 2018; completion expected 2023

Building type: Mixed-use

Perth's 10 future tallest buildings
Credit: REX

Two mixed-use towers have been planned for a prominent waterfront site,  reaching 19 and 54 storeys tall. The development will incorporate 15,000 square metres of commercial space, and 220 luxury apartments. A cantilevered 'plus' shape acts as a striking visual point of difference, similar to Australia 108's starburst. 

3. EQ WEST, 180m

Architect: Kerry Hill Architects

Status: Site works commenced

Building type: Mixed-use

Perth's 10 future tallest buildings
Credit: Kerry Hill Architects

Occupying a sought-after Elizabeth Quay site will be EQ West. The $385 million mixed-use development will comprise of two towers, which will feature 300 residential apartments and 170 short-stay properties. The towers will also include a hotel, restaurants and retail facilities. One of the greatest features of EQ West is the stunning high-rise art museum, which overlooks Swan River. Once complete, the museum will become available for public entry.

4. KINGS SQUARE VI + VII, 162m, 144 m

Architect: Woods Bagot

Status: Approved

Building type: Mixed-use

Perth's 10 future tallest buildings
Credit: Woods Bagot

A design competition run by Seven Entertainment led to the design of two striking 42 and 48 storey towers, planned for a 3334 square metre site in central Perth. The site is owned by Seven Group and once complete, the development will offer 563 apartments with retail spaces available on the ground floor. 

5. CIVIC HEART, 143m

Architect: SS Chang Architects

Status: Approved

Building type: Mixed-use

Perth's 10 future tallest buildings
Credit: SS Chang Architects

After several iterations, Civic Heart has now received approval by council for the construction of a $150 million multi-residential apartment building, with an end value of approximately $365 million. The development will integrate the heritage-listed former police station and post office which currently reside on the site, and will see the construction of two 39 and 22-storey residential towers take place shortly. The original design was going to include an on-site supermarket. However, this was dropped from the design, with a food and beverage outlet to replace the supermarket.  More than 200 trees will also be planted to create a 700 square metre green wall.

6. CAPITAL SQUARE, 140m

Architect: COX Architecture

Status: Approved

Building type: Mixed-use

Perth's 10 future tallest buildings
Credit: COX Architecture

Plans for a $140 million tower has been conditionally approved for the Emu Brewery site. The site is bordered by the Mitchell Freeway (west), Mounts Bay Road (south), Spring Street (east) and Mount Street (north). The recently revised plans include the addition of an 18-storey tower and a 30-storey mixed-use tower, with a hotel and office space. 

"The overarching vision is to create a contemporary living and working precinct that promotes strong visual and physical connections between the CBD, the foreshore and Kings Park."

Cox Architecture

7. CHEVRON HQ, 133m 

Architect: HASSELL

Status: Site works commenced

Building type: Office

Perth's 10 future tallest buildings
Credit: HASSELL

Chevron HQ is a brand new 29-storey tower which is due for completion in 2023. Architecturally-designed by HASSELL, Chevron HQ includes 57,000 square metres of office and retail space and is likely to accommodate 3,000 residents upon completion. The tower will be located on the corner of Barrack Street and the Esplanade at Elizabeth Quay.

Chevron bought the 6800 square metre site in 2013 for $64 million. 

8. GOLD HOTEL, 130m

Architect: With_Architecture Studio

Status: Approved

Building type: Hotel

Perth's 10 future tallest buildings
Credit: With_Architecture Studio

A brand new business hotel designed by With_Architecture Studio, will offer 266 rooms with views overlooking Perth CBD. The Gold Hotel will house a wide range of state-of-the-art amenities including a spa, gymnasium and wellness centre, as well as a rooftop bar and terrace. Ground floor fine dining restaurants, an art gallery and cafe will be available for public use. Development approval for this project has been granted.

9. 561 WELLINGTON STREET, 125m

Architect: MJA

Status: Approved, Under construction

Building type: Hotel

Perth's 10 future tallest buildings
Credit: MJA

The new development planned for 553-561 Wellington Street is a $38 million student accommodation tower. Designed by MJA, the approved tower will include:

  • 176 single occupant studios
  • 47 two bedroom studios
  • 15 four bedroom studios with ensuites
  • 11 five bedroom studios
  • 6 six bedroom studios
  • 86 bicycle parking bays

The accommodation will be managed by The Student Housing Company. 

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Lead image: Future Perth vision. Credit: Urbis/Stephanie Keith

This article was first published on 29.06.2020. For any construction updates, please feel free to let us know in the comments below. 

Olivia Round

Olivia Round

Olivia Round is the Features Editor of urban.com.au. Olivia specialises in news reporting, in-depth editorial content and video + podcast interviews with industry experts.

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