Montario Quarter

Design Feature
Type of Project
Western Australia

Montario Quarter is set to become a thriving new urban village that brings a new chapter into the colourful century-long history of the site.

This redevelopment breathes new life into the site of the former Shenton Park Rehabilitation Hospital, established in 1893. Originally developed as an infectious diseases hospital, the centre attracted global recognition in the 1950’s for its rehabilitation programs, which included support for those affected by spinal injuries. Set in natural bushland surroundings, the Shenton Park site took advantage of the natural environment to implement ground-breaking research that offered patients access to open space, light and fresh air.

The next evolution of inner city living

Located five kilometres from Perth Central Business District and only 400 metres from Shenton Park Train Station, the redevelopment will convert 15.8 hectares of surplus Government land into an urban village, comprising approximately 1,500 dwellings and leveraging the proximity of infrastructure and transport.

The former hospital chapel structure has been re purposed into public art

The redevelopment of the Montario Quarter site was a key Western Australian Government priority following the announcement of the relocation of the existing hospital functions to the Fiona Stanley Health Campus in 2014.

Play equipment in the parkland precinct
Play equipment in the parkland precinct

In considering the nature of the site alongside the various planning options available, Montario Quarter provided an ideal opportunity to introduce the state’s first metropolitan Improvement Scheme.  An Improvement Scheme replaces the traditional regional and local planning frameworks – instead using a bespoke planning tool tailored to the specific challenges and opportunities of a site. 

Throughout the process, developers conducted extensive consultation with the local community and key stakeholders to help shape the future redevelopment of the former hospital site. This was facilitated through a dedicated Community Reference Group and Project Steering Committee, as well as a series of community forums, face-to-face meetings, stakeholder surveys, telephone questionnaires, an information line and a dedicated engagement website. 

These engagement channels helped to provide a better understanding of the community’s perceptions and values, whilst allowing them to be part of the future design of this historic site. 

Montario Quarter offers community facilities that support active living
Montario Quarter offers community facilities that support active living

The Improvement Scheme was approved and gazetted by the Minister for Planning on 17 January 2017.  Demolition, civil works and landscaping for Stage 1 are now complete.

The first three development sites and almost all of the single residential homes have now been sold, with the first residents expected to move in by late 2020.

Project Team 

  • Developer – DevelopmentWA
  • Statutory Planning - Urbis
  • Urban Design / Architecture - CODA
  • Civil Engineers - Pritchard Francis
  • Landscape Architecture - Urbis
  • Environmental - Golders, EAA, Essential Environmental, PGV
  • Bushfire Management - Calibre (TME)
  • Heritage Architecture - Palassis Architects
  • Sustainability - Cundall
  • Community Development – element
  • Demolition and Civil Works - RJ Vincent
  • Landscaping Works- MG Group

Project Cost


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