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Client: AMP Capital

Cost of Development: Approximately $110 million

Location: Clarkson


After a decision to expand the Ocean Keys Shopping Centre, Rowe Group was appointed to coordinate the complex process of modifying the Clarkson Structure Plan in order to remove the retail floorspace cap and proceed with the development.

Rowe Group was initially appointed to amend the existing structure plan to allow for additional floor space of 14,000m2 and undertake minor adjustments to certain built form provisions. However, several obstacles made this a more challenging process.

Through consultation with the City of Wanneroo, a number of built form outcomes were raised for consideration through the design response, some of which posed commercial limitations for the client and therefore were difficult to deliver. In addition, during the design phase of the project, the WA Planning Commission introduced its Activity Centres for Perth and Peel State Planning Policy, which required the provision of residential uses as part of the centre expansion.

We undertook extensive negotiations with both the City and the Department of Planning to work through a design response for the centre that would meet all stakeholder objectives and achieve a practical solution.

The project team, including Taylor Robinson Architects, worked with the City and the Department of Planning to develop a structure plan that featured a number of urban design and built form improvements, provided for increased residential densities, and gave the City greater flexibility to redevelop a community purpose site. It was the first conforming structure plan to be approved under the new State Planning Policy.

The completed centre opened in November 2014 and includes an indoor/outdoor food court, additional space along the main street, a new discount department store, specialty shops, park assist and 10 residential apartments. It represents the first centre expansion to be completed in accordance with the Activity Centres for Perth and Peel State Planning Policy.