$160m Barrack Street facelift designs unveiled

Randal Humich has released the concept designs for his $160 million proposal to revamp a Barrack Street strip of shops in the Perth CBD.

Mr Humich’s Southern Cross Properties WA, with designs by Hames Sharley, submitted the plan for the facelift with the City of Perth Local Development Assessment Panel last month.

The proposed redevelopment seeks to transform the Hay Street Mall portion between Murray and Hay streets, by refurbishing the heritage-listed properties and building a 16-storey office tower with a roof terrace.

The application also included a revival of the 400-seat Liberty Theatre and creating laneways, dubbed Connor and Quinlan lanes, to pass through the precinct.

Hames Sharley principal Andrew Tang-Smith said the team drew inspiration from other heritage restorations in Perth for the concept design, including the State Buildings and Brookfield Place.

“Brookfield Place has a very succesful heritage frontage to the street, with (access) from St Georges Terrace into the inner sites of that development,” he said.

“On top of that, we drew inspiration from Shafto Lane and Stables Lane in terms of retaining a level of character and grit but at the same time, really starting to instill things like green landscaping into the open realm.

“Part of the precinct is we are activating a laneway that is currently a service lane and would be gated. We would be putting that back into the public realm.”

The concept designs for the ground floor of the Barrack Street precinct. Picture: Hames Sharley.

Mr Tang-Smith said the high-rise office tower with roof terrace was designed to express the future of office culture and to bring workers back to the CBD.

“We are creating the next generation of office that is healthy, considering things like winter gardens and terrace and outdoor spaces for people to get natural air, to spend time outside and catch the view, and connect yourself to nature and the river,” he said.

Randal Humich, of Humich Group, said he assumed the application would be considered by the development assessment panel by next month or July.

He said the revitalisation would hopefully revitalise that end of Barrack Street and urge more families to frequent the businesses there.

“There hasn’t been much done in that precinct or strip for some time from Hay Street to Wellington Street and hopefully … (this proposal) gives other owners some confidence to reinvent and make the streetscape a bit better,” he said.

Southern Cross Properties WA bought part of the shopping strip, 77-85 Barrack Street, for $42 million in November 2020, according to data from CoreLogic.

Mr Humich said the precinct had been in the same family’s ownership for 130 years before he acquired the site.

“It was known as the Connor Quinlan estate and that was started by Daniel Connor who was a convict that came out to Australia in 1853,” he said.

“There were multiple owners, about 55 different individual owners of the property. So it was very hard for them to be all in the same boat to make a decision and work out what direction they want … nothing has happened there for so long.

“I was introduced to the property about three years ago and after discussions wit hhe owners, they decided to sell it to me and the deal progressed from there.

“Obviously dealing with 55 different owners, it was very hard to get a consensus on what to do with the property but I was lucky enough that at the end of the day, they said ‘yes’ and they’ll sell it to me.”

The top floor of the Barrack Street precinct is listed under the Heritage Council’s inventory.


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