A $450-million mixed-use development proposed for Perth’s Scarborough Beach has been rejected by the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority (MRA).

Designed by Hillam Architects, the proposal consisted of two towers of 43 and 35 storeys. It was set to accommodate 300 apartments, a 160-room four-star hotel, an international convention centre, and approximately 3,000-square-metres of retail, dining and entertainment.

The project would have formed part of the MRA’s redevelopment plans for Scarborough Beach which aim to restore “the area’s former glory” by introducing new restaurants, cafes, shops and entertainment.

In a statement, MRA had said that the proposed twin towers would have been almost four times the permissible height in the area, and would have seen “considerable over-development of the site”. They also believed the development would have serious impacts on the local traffic.

3 Oceans Property, the developers of the failed project, were “surprised and disappointed” by the decision.

“The MRA has missed an opportunity to show courage and vision and support our project which will be a game-changer for the local Scarborough community,” says 3 Oceans managing director, Dyno Zhang.

“The decision to refuse development approval for the iconic Scarborough project is contrary to State Government and City of Stirling's commitment to redevelop the Scarborough Beach foreshore.”

The MRA have, however, stated: “[We] would welcome the opportunity to work with the developer on a modified proposal for the site that is more consistent with the vision of the Scarborough Master Plan.”