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How Perth’s Montario Quarter Project aims to improve urban planning

Perth residents will soon be able to enjoy the attractions of the Montario Quarter.

Perth residents will soon be able to enjoy the attractions of the Montario Quarter.

The Montario Quarter, a LandCorp redevelopment of the old Shenton Park Hospital site in Perth, is now underway and is a project that holds much promise for the city's residents. 

The transformation of the old hospital's 15.8 hectare grounds will see the construction of 1,100 new apartments and houses, in addition to a shopping village and a significant amount of public park space.

The development will be delivered in a way suiting the unique natural and historic features of the area.

High expectations for Montario Quarter development

Frank Marra, chief executive at LandCorp, said the development will be delivered in a way suiting the unique natural and historic features of the area.

"The improvement scheme is based on values the community outlined through extensive stakeholder engagement, including a formal public comment period which took place earlier in the year," Marra told The Western Australian.

"As a result, public open space will form a key part of Montario Quarter, with more than 25 per cent of the estate earmarked for features including an urban orchard, playground and exercise equipment, a nature-play area, grassed spaces and retained bushland."

Attractive and accessible parks enhance urban areas and a good for communities.Attractive and accessible parks enhance urban areas and a good for communities.

Similar types of new developments across Australia are helping to redefine public spaces in terms of the community, social, environmental and economic benefits they can provide. One important aspect that today's urban planners consider is how to make the public spaces they're developing more visually appealing with improved architecture or art. This is where Locker Group can be of help.

Similar types of new developments across Australia are helping to redefine public spaces

Locker Group helps planners realise their artistic vision

One of Locker Group's recent successes in public spaces was the creation and installation of the iconic Float sculpture of 12 large upturned umbrellas in Sydney, a joint project with Stone & Milnehouse. 

Locker Group designed the materials to make Float, including two Transit stainless steel mesh pieces to make the umbrellas look soft and billowing The mesh pieces were shaped to fit the upside down umbrella skin. At Locker Group, our experts can mould metal into a wide variety of forms and create unique shapes. 

Float intends to convey an environmental message to the community – specifically, a greater awareness of climate change. According to Stone & Milnehouse, the upturned umbrellas represent the ability to collect water rather than just being a means to shield oneself from the sun and rain. They are a reminder to passersby that we need to conserve. 

If you'd like to find out more about Locker Group's wide range of architectural products for use in public spaces, please get in touch with us today.