Oxford Street Leederville

Design Feature
Type of Project
Placemaking, Local Government Initiative
Western Australia

Oxford Street, Leederville and the surrounding streets are an excellent example of mixed-use development with a focus on a main street design supporting healthy active community outcomes. Leederville is home to restaurants, cafes and small retail stores. There is a hotel, a skate park, and a Central Institute of Technology campus. In addition, there are a number of government departments, such as the Water Corporation and the Department of Sport and Recreation, also have offices in the area. These diverse land uses are well serviced by the Leederville Train Station.

A vibrant destination

The community, through the Vincent Vision 2024 process, identified a number of City qualities, which they wanted to preserve. For the town centre they wanted a strong civic heart with an informal character and style. The community wanted to preserve the vibrant mix of land use and activities and supported interesting design and a mix of residential housing. The town centre was to preserve the 1900’s-era facades to the main street, reinforcing a strong sense of place. 

The vision for Leederville was expressed in a series of principles, some of which would allow for Oxford Street to meet is full potential:

  • Encourage development to reflect contemporary planning, urban design and strategic approaches to town centre revitalisation.
  • Support a built environment on a human scale and in a style evoking an eclectic village atmosphere. 
  • Establish a strong sense of place through preservation of the heritage and iconic buildings, in particular the traditional shop fronts. 
  • Encourage new development to reflect exemplary, contemporary and environmentally friendly designs.
  • Require convenient and efficient public transport, with integrated transport connections, to provide easy access to the town centre from all parts of the Perth Metropolitan Area.
  • Consolidate and intensify activity, encouraging a diverse mix of uses and a strong residential presence.
  • Establish a welcoming environment and strong sense of arrival at approach and entry points to the town centre, slowing traffic and creating interest in the area.
  • Provide the best contemporary town centre management, ensuring a safe, clean, well maintained area with local businesses actively involved in improving the area.

The adopted Leederville Town Centre Masterplan divides the Leederville town centre into 8 precincts, with specific design guidelines for development. The guidelines aim to retain the current character and ‘feel’ of Oxford Street, whilst integrating and acknowledging the need for re-development.

Oxford Street, Leederville has been activated to encourage visitor and resident engagement
Oxford Street, Leederville has been activated to encourage visitor and resident engagement

Project Team

  • City of Vincent 

Project Cost 


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