2. COASTAL TO RIVER TRANSECT
The reclamation of the coastal to river transect through the tunnelling of Stirling Highway, will enhance the sense of place for the northern precinct. Retention of bushland, landscaping treatments, revegetation, walkways and informal recreation spaces will be characterised by the coast to river construct.
The Buckland Hill Reserve will also connect with the coastal vegetation corridor or ‘city to sea’ walk, from the Cottesloe Town Centre through to North Leighton.
3. COMMUNITY HUBS
Centrally to the northern precinct a formal district open space facility will provide a community focal point and complement the informal recreation spaces provided within Buckland Hill Reserve.
The open space facility will provide the back drop to a community hub, providing a mixture of community based activities and facilities including sporting, education, health, and aged care uses.
1. LINEAR CORRIDOR AND MEETING SPACES
Community movement and interaction is promoted via the linear axis of open space which extends from north-south through the site. The linear open space corridor presents a range of environments from the natural bushland character of the northern precinct, through to the more modified urban environments, such as shared streets and landscaped open space, within the southern precinct.
The strong north-south axis is also complemented by east-west links through the site, both vehicular and pedestrian based, breaking down the barriers created by existing landform and the road network.
Along the linear corridor, a series of meeting places in the form of squares, piazzas and formal play spaces create a focus or reference point for activity. The built form interacts with these spaces promoting the blending of the private and public realm.
The corridor also provides a protected space from exposure to natural elements. The built form and landscaping are designed to maximise solar opportunities in winter and sea breezes in summer, whilst protecting from the harsh winter winds and summer heat.
4. STIRLING HIGHWAY TUNNEL
Stirling Highway will be tunnelled south of Wellington Street and to the west of its current alignment, taking advantage of the localities sloping topography.
The Stirling Highway tunnel will reconnect Buckland Hill Reserve through to the coast, reducing vehicle presence, and connecting pedestrian and cyclists from the Swan River through to Mosman Beach.
The Stirling Highway tunnel will run parallel with the rail corridor capped/ tunnelled from the Cottesloe Town Centre.
5. MARINE PARADE INTERCHANGE
The modified movement network will provide the opportunity to link the community east of Stirling Highway back to the coast.
The Marine Parade/ Wellington Street interchange will formalise the priority of Curtin Avenue for north- south vehicle movements, whilst the extension of Wellington Street will provide a higher order east-west connection, easing the burden on the northern crossing at Victoria Street.
Wellington Street will be grade separated, with limited traffic movements to Stirling Highway.
6. MCCABE STREET STATION
The McCabe Street Station will provide a critical public transit link to Perth and Fremantle for the existing and future residential community. It will also provide district connections to key activities along the Fremantle Line such as shopping, education and health services.
With an increase in population of 15000 new residents, the McCabe Street Station will act as the gateway for all public transport movements, creating a hub of activity. The station forecourt and landscaped surrounds will be characterised by an urban experience, with a focus on non-residential uses around the key square.
The station platform will be situated at grade with Curtin Avenue, providing a partial subway to the station. At grade access will be provided from Curtin Avenue, whilst the station will be accessed from the east via the station forecourt.
7. NORTH LEIGHTON BEACH NODE
North Leighton will be home to the creation of a new beach node, comprising formal facilities such as landscaped play areas, BBQ facilities, surf club, kiosk and restaurants. Directly connected to the McCabe Street Station, it will present the only public beach area in the Perth Metropolitan Area directly that is located near a train station.
The North Leighton Beach Node will reconnect the river community with the costal area, whilst also providing city communities with direct public access to the coast.