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    Proposal lodged for Perth’s tallest building

    Nicholas Rider

    A hotel tower proposed for Perth’s CBD could become the city’s tallest building.

    Designed by Cox Howlett & Bailey Woodland, the 62-storey, 249.5-metre-tall hotel is proposed for a site north-east of St Andrews Church on the eastern end of St Georges Terrace and stands to take over Central Park tower as the tallest building in Western Australia.

    The $100 million proposal from Singapore’s Fragrance Group comprises 60 serviced apartments, 485 hotel suites, a level of wellness facilities, retail spaces, and a pool and gym. The neighbouring St Andrews Church will be restored and adapted as part of the project and will be transformed into a restaurant for hotel patrons and the public.

    According to a WA Government Development Assessment Panels (DAP) document, the building will infringe on Perth Airport’s prescribed air space by more than 60 metres, but Perth’s City Planning Scheme allows the Council to award bonus plot ratio for a range of reasons including heritage conservation, public benefit and provision of new residential uses.

    The City of Perth Design Advisory Committee awarded the proposal 20 per cent bonus plot ratio for the proposed public space and pedestrian link and conservation of the St Andrews Church, and 30 per cent bonus plot ratio for the provision of a new special residential use.

    The proposal was lodged early last month, and is still awaiting approval. 

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