Cecil Avenue East and Cecil Avenue West
Full Landscape Architectural Services
Cannington, Perth Western Australia
City of Canning
Cecil Avenue plays a vital role in providing places for people in Canning City Centre. The street is not only a traffic corridor for cars and buses, and later for light rail/trackless tram; it is also the entry into the heart of the City Centre and an iconic space for Canning An innovative approach has been taken for the design of Cecil Avenue to ensure that it is a street with a character that prioritises city life over traffic movements, combining the traffic function with the pedestrian usage and two of the overarching identity themes; the Riverine Canning and Multicultural Canning.
Building on the identity themes set out in the Master Plan and Cecil Avenue East and West, PLACE Laboratory continued their work with a finer-grained exploration of themes to strengthen Cecil Avenue through slight character changes along the Avenue.
PLACE Laboratory is currently working closely with the City of Canning to understand the important interfaces of the future town squares, green links and commercial ventures to ensure the foundations are laid for a future-proofed public realm. Bookending the Avenue is Cannington Station which will interface with the future ‘Station Square’ and the ‘Living Stream’. The City Centre’s highest density development is along Cecil Avenue and includes a number of landmark development sites adjacent to Station Square and Cecil Square.
During the concept phase of Cecil Avenue Streetscape Revitalisation, a series of guiding principles and strategies were established as a result of extensive community and stakeholder consultation, key literature reviews and collaboration from the project team. The has enabled a cohesive design approach across the entire project team.
Finding stories that resonate with the local community is one of the keys to creating a strong identity and sense of place. The City of Canning’s strong connection to the Canning river invited ways to celebrate the role of water ecology as an enjoyable experience for residents and visitors. Out of this iterative process emerged a series of opportunities for delineation of public space in line with the principles and design goals of the masterplan.