The Village at Wellard

Design Feature
Type of Project
Structure Plan
State
Western Australia
Location
Urban

The Village at Wellard is mixed-use development covering 320 hectares south of Kwinana. The centrepiece of the estate is a Village Centre established around Wellard Train Station. At the heart of the Village Centre is the budding Wellard Square shopping precinct with a supermarket and 18 specialty stores.The shopping precinct complements the estate’s many other residential, commercial and community facilities including a sports ground with pavilion, a private school and childcare facility.

It’s a sustainable, transit-focused development, combining regional and local connectivity to create a user-friendly movement network. The community’s clever design ensures most residents live within 800m of the Wellard Train Station, and the inclusion of shops, public open space and schools means all residents have access to required amenities. The Village at Wellard is a joint venture between Peet Limited and the Housing Authority.

The Village at Wellard

The Village at Wellard

Liveability at its finest 

Peet Limited partnered with the WA Housing Authority to create The Village at Wellard and deliver a full catchment, purpose-built, greenfield transit-oriented community. 

The detailed design of the project occurred concurrently with the detailed design of the Perth to Mandurah Railway line.

Originally, the Wellard Train Station did not form part of the State Government’s plans for Stage 1 of The Village at Wellard, however extensive negotiations and detailed analysis resulted in the early delivery of Wellard Train Station. 

This was achieved through:

  • A structure plan based on transit-oriented principles, including increased residential density (R80) adjacent to the Wellard Train Station;
  • Liaison and collaboration with relevant authorities to deliver necessary infrastructure to service Wellard Train Station; and
  • A commitment to the staged delivery of The Village at Wellard to support the financial viability of Wellard Train Station.
The Village at Wellard uses public art to generate a sense of place in the area
The Village at Wellard uses public art to generate a sense of place in the area

Integrating the Wellard Train Station with the broader design of the estate has been key to providing a strong movement network between public open spaces, the surrounding bushland, schools and the Village Centre. By promoting connectivity through design, the development promotes a healthy, active community that’s less reliant on cars. Peet Limited continues to work with key stakeholders, including the City of Kwinana, State and Federal Government departments, and the local community to promote healthy and active lifestyles within The Village at Wellard and the broader community.

The Village at Wellard offers a walkable neighbourhood

Since the project’s inception, a wide range of successful, key initiatives have included, but are not limited to:

  • Retaining mature trees in roads, street verges and public open spaces to promote walkability through the provision of shade;
  • Designing interesting and useable public open spaces to encourage use and activity;
  • Opening up pedestrian access to the adjacent Leda Reserve and Henley Reserve, via bushland walk trails;
  • Installing public gym equipment at the Wellard oval;
  • Installing a Calico fitness track to encourage recreational walking/running through the estate; and
  • Innovative community engagement and community support/sponsorship programs.
The Village at Wellard is designed around the Wellard Train Station, allowing for a convenient movement network
The Village at Wellard is designed around the Wellard Train Station, allowing for a convenient movement network

Each of these initiatives, integrated with the urban design framework, has engaged a community that prioritises physical activity and healthy living. The WA Housing Authority and Peet Limited are committed to activating the Village Centre through healthy living principles, community capacity building and economic revitalisation based on access and connectivity.

Project Team 

  • WA Housing Authority
  • Peet Limited
  • Creating Communities
  • Creative Design and Planning
  • EPCAD Landscape Architects
  • Fugro Spatial Solutions
  • Tabec Engineering
  • Taylor Burrell Barnett Planning
  • Mills Wilson Communication Consultants

Project Cost 

Unknown 

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