Hames Sharley

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Forrest Chase

Hames Sharley architects revitalise Perth’s city centre in time for post COVID-19 retail resurgence

After the COVID-19 isolation period passes, a revitalised city heart awaits Perth commuters, shoppers and diners. Renowned Perth architecture practice, Hames Sharley, were the lead architects on the redevelopment, which includes a new façade for a large retail precinct, known as Forrest Chase, together with a reimagined overpass on the Murray Street Mall and an enlivened gathering space, which locals refer to as Padbury Walk.

Hames Sharley Director Derek Hays says that although the design was conceived prior to the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic, the approach was rigorously future-focused. “Retail environments have been evolving for some time, as shoppers look to these hubs for much more than a retail experience,” Derek says. “The desire to not only shop but to gather together for other recreational and/or dining experiences was evident long before the pandemic — and that pattern looks set to continue, long after the pandemic passes.”

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Status: Built
Location: Perth City, AU
Firm Role: Architect