East Perth Power Station

Heritage
The Client
DevelopmentWA (formerly Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority)
Project Team
Nerida Moredoundt
Principal Architect - Heritage
Marc Beattie
Associate - Heritage
The Project

Covering 8.5ha on the banks of the Swan River, the East Perth Power Station (EPPS) is a vital piece of Perth’s industrial and social history. From its opening in 1916 until its decommissioning in 1980, EPPS was central to the fabric of life in 20th century Perth. It is one of the only large-scale utilities still standing from the time of World War I and contains some of the most intact power generation plant of that period in Australia. It is now one of Perth’s most culturally significant development sites.

Our Role

We were commissioned by DevelopmentWA (formerly Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority) to support their vision to transform the site into a vibrant waterfront community. We updated the conservation management plan, audited the tangible heritage (plant and machinery), and wrote an Interpretation Strategy. This allows interpretation planning to be intrinsic to the design and included in the development proposal rather than an afterthought. It brings the tangible assets to the forefront of future management and adaptive re-use.

Outcomes

This milestone piece of research was commended by the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage. With a focus on inspiring future owners to conserve and celebrate the EPPS history and identity, the work plays an important role in ensuring future owners understand the significance of the site. Importantly, it guides how to preserve and adapt its heritage fabric in future development to create a cultural landmark for the people of Perth.

We continue to provide ongoing advisory services to the State Government and DevelopmentWA as the EPPS undergoes an exciting transformation.

What We Delivered
  • Conservation Management Plan Update
  • Interpretation Strategy  
  • Machinery Inventory
  • Heritage Advice

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