Lead designers make a start on Chinatown Revitalisation

The revitalisation of Chinatown has officially commenced following the appointment of lead designers who have recently completed the first round of strategic planning events with key stakeholders in Broome.

The final piece to proceed with all aspects of major planning and development, the revitalisation team includes a place making expert (Andrew Howe), public realm architect (Scott Lang), civil engineer (Brian Farrell) and environmental specialist (Darren Walsh).  They join the already appointed team of project manager (Lyle Robertson), Chinatown investment and development coordinator (Jeremy Macmath) and communications and engagement manager (Andre Veder).

The newly appointed team will be responsible for detailed design, interdisciplinary coordination, ensuring compliance with technical and design standards, and seeking design approval from authorities.

Shire of Broome President Ron Johnston said, “These specialists have been appointed from a considerable procurement process to ensure they are demonstrated leaders in their field.

“They will play a lead role in the delivery of each component of the revitalisation including technical investigation and design.

“We’re now ready to proceed to the next major stage which involves the feasibility study of extending Gray Street to Old Broome Road, and the possibility of a boardwalk to connect Dampier Terrace to Roebuck Bay.”

Two rounds of strategic planning events have just been completed to kick off the process of honing in on ideas and options for the project within the $12.7million budget in consultation with local community members. Chinatown landowner Peter Taylor attended one of the workshops which offered ideas on stimulating the economic performance of Chinatown, unlocking investment, and articulating key barriers and opportunities.

“The session was very positive as it highlighted the opportunities of structure and design with case study examples and ideas of what might work in Chinatown,” Said Mr Taylor.

“We look forward to seeing the outcome of this three-month process.”

From here the project will enter an exciting phase where ideas and inspirations will be presented to the community to articulate the options and determine the best possible design outcomes.