The Albany Waterfront & Marina project was a landmark project for Albany. It included building a footbridge to link the heritage precinct of Stirling Terrace with the future Waterfront development as well as construction to Princess Royal Drive. Many challenges presented themselves in the first stage of this project including concerns around the environment, heritage and archaeological conditions.
WGE found solutions for various heritage concerns as well as taking into account the need to protect the visual amenity and environmental quality of the foreshore area.
Another critical design criterion was to be able to completely remove a section of bridge over Princess Royal Drive. These factors, as well as challenging precision alignment issues and the need to supply unrestricted load access to and from the Port, were resolved with innovation and cost effectiveness.
Following completion of the new footbridge, stage 1 land, and the current dual carriageway works to Princess Royal Drive, Stage 2 of this development involved the design and construction of:
- Demolition of the existing town jetty and slipway
- Main breakwaters and seawalls
- Jetties and boat ramps
- A service wharf
- Bulk earthworks and retaining walls
- Roads and car parking
- Sewer, water, power and gas
- Specific lighting
- Natural landscaping
A significant part of this design was dealing with the remediation of previous land uses stretching back to the early 1800s. This included contaminants on parts of the site.
The site’s history meant many highly valuable historic items were discovered during the project construction. These presented interesting challenges requiring innovative solutions.
WGE were the principle consultant co-ordinating all of the above into one contract to enable swift completion of the Albany Waterfront project.
The project has resulted in a new marina, a landmark building site for the Albany Entertainment Centre, a marque hotel site, short term accommodation precinct and commercial office sites. Whilst strict environmental, heritage and archaeological conditions have been challenging the final product will play a key role in Western Australian’s maritime history.