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Megascraper emerges



Supersized plans for Perth’s tallest apartment block have been given a tentative tick and a touch of critique by a Perth city design committee. can reveal that, if approved, the tallest of the pictured triple towers at the former Megamart site on Beaufort Street in Perth will rise to a lofty 52 floors.

That’s the same number of floors as Perth’s current tallest skyscraper, Central Park on St Georges Terrace, and five more levels than the big, blue, shiny and new Brookfield Place.

perth tallest apartment block for megamart siteThe so-called Beaufort Tower would probably not be as tall as those skyscrapers, because residential floors are normally lower than commercial ones, but it would dwarf Perth’s current tallest apartment block, the 29-level Elevation Apartments on Adelaide Terrace

The Beaufort Tower would be joined by the 42-level Roe Tower, and 27-level Stirling Tower.

All up, the triple towers would have 804 apartments, 144 serviced apartments, and 4853 sqm of commercial floorspace. All apartments would have balconies.

The so-called Northbridge Centre has been designed by Melbourne-based Fender Katsalidis Architects whose named partners Karl Fender and Nonda Katsaladis are among Australia’s most esteemed architects.

The firm’s projects include the 297-metre Eureka Tower building in Melbourne, and back in the 1990s the masterplan for a 150,000-person satellite city on the outskirts of Bangkok.

perth tallest apartment block for megamart siteThe towers would cost $300 million to erect, and be the first very tall skyscrapers to rise north of the Midland to Fremantle train line.

This time last year, revealed that earlier plans for smaller triple towers on the site had been slammed by former Penthouse pet Bree Maddox who said noise complaints from tower dwellers would harm her landmark Court Hotel.

The developers claim the new triple towers have been designed to attenuate incoming noise from The Court, surrounding roads and the nearby Midland train line.

The city design committee has given the towers a tentative tick.

But in a backhander to the esteemed eastern states architects the committee advises that: “the design concept should be reviewed whereby the ‘Beaufort Tower’ is clearly identifiable as a sculptural object rather than an eclectic composition lacking elegance and strength of form for such a significant development”.

Before they start augmenting the city skyline the towers will need to be cleared by the full city council and then by a state assessment panel.

2 Responses to “Megascraper emerges”

  1. Steve says:

    And one year on, it looks like the three tower cluster topping out at only 150m will instead be a pair of 200m mixed use towers.
    If these go up, though no render has yet been released, as well as the KS6/KS7 towers, long neglected Northbridge will begin to look like part of the city, at last.

  2. Steve says:

    just wow.
    Hope this goes ahead, but no reason now why it should not?
    Hope it sets precedent for even taller projects in this area and the CBD later on.
    Perth is finally on the verge of becoming un-cringeworthy.
    Might actually stay.


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