Sirona ends bid for more time on South Perth tower

The West Australian

29th March 2017.

Sirona Capital has withdrawn a request for more time to start its 39-storey $200 million Glass House South Perth apartment project.

The extension bid was to have been heard by the Metro Central Joint Development Assessment Panel today, but was opposed by the City of South Perth because its planning scheme changed.

Sirona managing director Matthew McNeilly said that given the 18 months lost to planning controversy raging between residents, developers and the council on the South Perth peninsula, asking for an extension had seemed “pretty fair”.

The project, with a five-level basement carpark, was granted planning approval on March 11, 2015 with substantial works to start within a 24-month period.

The Metro Central JDAP had granted a 12-month extension, extending the deadline for the start date to March 11 next year.

However, the City of South Perth, which amended its town planning scheme this year, said the development’s height, traffic impact and the number of car bays conflicted with the current regime. “The council does not have any discretion to extend existing approvals,” City of South Perth deputy mayor Glenn Cridland said.

Sirona Capital took on The Glass House when its Westbridge Property Group Joint Venture with Saracen Properties ended. The plan is for 148 apartments and a 70-room boutique hotel in South Perth, near a proposed train station.

Once completed, Glass House — designed by architects Woods Bagot — was to have been “the first glass-curtain wall residential building in Perth and the tallest outside the CBD”.

Mr McNeilly said Sirona was very comfortable with its existing approved plans. “We are strongly committed to
building an apartment project in South Perth, so we will build on that site in due course,” he said.

Edge Visionary Living’s 29-level Lumiere project, now approved at 34 storeys, was quashed by the Supreme   Court.

Finbar has withdrawn its $400 million Civic Heart project, promising a smaller-scale, $225 million version.