Perth Cultural Centre rejuvenation

Presenting an exciting new future for Perth’s ‘epicentre of culture’.

Project background

As part of the Perth City Deal, $20 million has been allocated to the rejuvenation of the Perth Cultural Centre (PCC) with both the Australian Government and State Government committing $10 million each to the project.

This investment will rejuvenate the Perth Cultural Centre precinct to create vibrant, safe and attractive areas to connect Perth’s cultural institutions and the surrounds, delivering improved liveability, cultural and tourism outcomes for the city.

Immediate works include the development of a preliminary masterplan for the precinct, including ambient lighting, improved security, signage, landscaping and upgraded entrances to the precinct.

Who is involved

The Cultural Precinct Taskforce has been established to guide the overall direction of the project. The Taskforce is chaired by the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Tourism; Culture and the Arts; Heritage, Ms Jessica Shaw MLA, and is comprised of key representatives from:

As lead delivery agency, DLGSC has engaged the services of architects Taylor Robinson Chaney Broderick and landscape architects Taylor Cullity Lethlean to lead the development of the masterplan.

Engagement process

Engagement is currently underway to develop a starting point for further master planning and subsequent implementation. Project objectives, visioning statements and ‘key moves’ are being developed to guide potential interventions and opportunities for redevelopment of the PCC.

The Cultural Precinct Taskforce has been engaged throughout development of the project.  Other key government agencies, PCC institutions and major surrounding attractions, a Whadjuk Elder Reference Group, the arts sector, local businesses and community groups are also being engaged. 

Project information 

To support development of the preliminary masterplan, a series of objectives and ‘key moves’ have been developed as shown below.

Objectives

  • Improve access and connectivity to, from and within the PCC.
  • Enhance amenity of the PCC.
  • Deliver new attractions within the PCC.
  • Enhance the representation of Aboriginal culture and the arts in the PCC.
  • Prepare and position for growing interest in the PCC.
  • Improve the use of underutilised sites in the PCC.

Key moves

Six ‘key moves’ outline the large conceptual changes that will take place to rejuvenate the Perth Cultural Centre:

  1. connect to the city and beyond
  2. form a 'central heart'
  3. reinforce James Street as a formal promenade
  4. reimagine north/south as a series of gardens
  5. open the buildings up to the public realm
  6. develop underutilised sites.

Video

Watch our short videos to learn more about each key move, given by members of the project team.

After watching the videos, please take the short survey to let the project team know if they are on the right track.

Perth Cultural Centre Rejuvenation Community Survey

Next steps

The findings and insights we gather from stakeholders and the community will be used to update the preliminary masterplan documents that will be presented to the Western Australian Government and the Australian Government as part of the Perth City Deal through the Cultural Precinct Taskforce.

This webpage will be updated in coming weeks.

Have your say

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Page reviewed 30 August 2021