- Ageing towers will fall to make way for one of WA's biggest urban infill projects
- Delta Group Pty Ltd scheduled to start work in early 2019
Housing Minister Peter Tinley has announced the appointment of a demolition contractor for Brownlie Towers - a 300-unit apartment complex in Bentley developed as part of a broader precinct in 1969-70.
More than half of the building's 300 units were deemed uninhabitable after much of the plumbing system failed. The remaining units were assessed as no longer providing appropriate accommodation of acceptable quality.
Demolition of the complex allows the land to be incorporated into the Bentley 360 redevelopment project, one of Perth's biggest urban infill opportunities.
Delta Group Pty Ltd were awarded the $4.2 million contract after the Department of Communities ran a competitive tender process between May and October this year. It will start demolition in early 2019. Instead of explosives, excavators will be used to deconstruct both tower blocks floor by floor.
Telecommunication equipment currently located on the roof of Brownlie Towers will undergo temporary relocation to the north-west corner of the site before it is permanently shifted onto a future building within the Bentley 360 development.
Comments attributed to Housing Minister Peter Tinley:
"The appointment of a demolition contractor for Brownlie Towers is a critical milestone for the broader Bentley 360 project which will deliver at least 1,500 new residences only 15 minutes from the centre of Perth.
"The project is expected to create more than 2,200 jobs across the course of development and inject an estimated $1.089 billion into the State's economy during construction.
"Bentley 360 provides an exciting opportunity for the department and its future development partner to drive one of WA's most significant medium-to-high density urban infill projects."
Comments attributed to Victoria Park MLA Ben Wyatt:
"I am very pleased that Delta Group was appointed to demolish Brownlie Towers early next year. This brings the realisation of the Bentley 360 vision one step closer to fruition.
"In the long run, the local community will benefit from a multipurpose civic and community facility, quality landscaped parklands and a vibrant village centre that will create new employment opportunities and stimulate the local economy."
Comments attributed to South Metropolitan Region MLC Kate Doust:
"This year has seen significant progress on the Bentley 360 project, with even more activity planned for 2019.
"This is an exciting time for the local community, our stakeholders and government, as we progress towards a forward-thinking, responsive and connected master-planned community."
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