Advanteering Civil Engineering has been awarded the preferred tenderer for the construction of Wellington Square’s intergenerational playground at a Special Council Meeting last night.
The company have worked on various public realm projects throughout Perth, including playgrounds, youth spaces and skate precincts, such as the Banksia Grove Skate Park and the Northam Youth Precinct.
Funded by Lotterywest through a $4.37m grant, the new 3000m2 intergenerational playground proposed for Wellington Square will be known as Koolangka Koolangka Waabiny, meaning Children Children’s playground in Whadjuk Nyoongar.
The theme for the community playground is 'Landscape of Play' and the design is influenced by Aboriginal themes and Western Australian iconic landforms.
Hints of WA will be found throughout the playground, with banksia woodlands scattered through the sculpture play towers, the Swan River providing inspiration for water play and the open clearings providing areas for socialising and gazing at the sky.
Chair Commissioner Andrew Hammond said the Koolangka Koolangka Waabiny playground will provide opportunities for people of all ages to participate in social and recreational activities.
“This is a place for everyone to connect, and enjoy; to climb, explore, create and have fun,” Mr Hammond said.
“The playground will ultimately draw people of all ages from both the local area and across the wider city.”
Further features of the playground include a pump track for skateboards, bikes and scooters, waterplay, parkour, a flying fox, trampoline and climbing towers.
Construction will commence in September 2020 and will be open early 2021.
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The City of Perth’s Wellington Square upgrade started in February 2020 and is expected to be completed within 12 months.
The upgrade will take place in five stages and includes:
A 3000m2 intergenerational playground, supported by Lotterywest, that feature areas for nature play, fitness, parkour, water play, as well as basketball courts and lawn areas for picnics and relaxation
Multi-use event spaces with built in infrastructure to cater for medium and large-scale events;
Multi-use sporting fields, designed in accordance with relevant code regulations and in consultation with relevant sporting clubs and nearby schools;
Integration of cultural and environmental heritage;
350 new trees, with 268 retained trees and a 60% canopy cover;
15,000m2 of new walking paths;
Formalised social and meeting spaces;
New furniture suite including shade, picnic, BBQ facilities and drink fountains;
New lighting and CCTV, improving safety and extending usability of space to evening and night;
Smart technology and WIFI integrated into the site;
Water sensitive urban design principles resulting in a 32% reduction in water consumption in irrigated turf area; and
Increased biodiversity with native tree and plant species.
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