The development of Claisebrook Village within the East Perth Redevelopment Authority (EPRA) Area was groundbreaking in the delivery of higher residential density development in close proximity to the Perth CBD. At the time of planning, central Perth had limited residential housing and the development of Claisebrook Village shifted the diversity and choice of housing within the Perth CBD dramatically. The town houses and apartments were planned within a context of urban development with a focus was on prioritising pedestrian and cyclist movements. Claisebrook Village demonstrates how innovative thinking can be a catalyst for change.
The Federal Government’s Building Better Cities program (1991-96) began a process of renewal at Claisebrook Cove that established an urban village on the Swan River. The initial masterplan design acknowledged the local Aboriginal and European heritage of the area, capitalised on proximity to the CBD, supported public transport at the Claisebrook Train Station and encouraged pedestrian activity.
The original industrial area accommodated only 270 residents. Claisebrook Village now houses approximately 2,710 residents and provides shops with a 30% increase in commercial floor space. There are 6,000 workers in government departments and commercial businesses, 3,000 new students at educational facilities, and nearly 22ha of recreational parks, open spaces and other public areas.
The masterplan deliberately contemplated small lot sizes, increased development heights and reduced road reserves. To provide a high level of amenity for the residents of the higher residential development, master-planning processes established certain urban design principles:
- There are a number of land uses within walking distance of Claisebrook Village: public transport, commercial, retail (including supermarket), employment, education, and recreation. The Perth City Farm is a good example of a multi-use space. It is a cafe, market, music and entertainment venue and, importantly, a place for the community to gather. Residents can easily reach the Perth City Farm along a linear park. Emerging research indicates the benefits of preserving access to fresh and healthy food options, as it improves the overall health of the community.
Public open space
- Within Claisebrook Village there are the, Victoria Gardens and Mardalup Park which provide children’s play areas, benches and BBQs. Quality public open spaces along the banks of the Swan River to the north, including Banks Reserve, Bardon Park, and Maylands Yacht Club, can be easily accessed without significant barriers to pedestrian and cycle movements. There are uninterrupted paths to Burswood Reserve, Heirisson Island, and the Barrack Street Jetty. Claisebrook Village is located within walking distance of the WACA and Gloucester Park sporting entertainment venues.
- Research indicates the benefit of stairs in our increasingly sedentary lives. The level changes around the cafe and entertainment area at the cove provide health benefits and visual interest, while interconnected paths preserve disabled access. The built form and access points contribute to a strong sense of place.
- The pedestrian access ways in Claisebrook Village are inviting and well lit, providing an interconnected urban landscape that supports pedestrian movements. The fine grain road network promotes a slow vehicle movement area prioritising pedestrian movements.
- East Perth Redevelopment Authority
In addition to providing a diversity of housing, Claisebrook Cove provides a number of other health, economic, environmental, social and use benefits.