We are thrilled to share that Perth’s Yagan Square has won a further four awards in the 2019 Western Australia Architecture Awards. Designed by Lyons Architecture in collaboration with Iredale Pedersen Hook Architects and landscape architects Aspect Studios, Yagan Square won three awards earlier this year at the Urban Development Institute of Australia National Awards for Excellence and at the 2019 WA Heritage Awards. It has now received the highest honours for Urban Design (the John Septimus Roe Award) and for Steel Architecture (the Colorbond Award for Steel Architecture). Yagan Square also received Commendations in the Public Architecture and Mondoluce Lighting Award categories. Congratulations to all the design team. Won by the Lyons consortium through design competition, Slattery provided detailed Bills of Quantities and cost management services to preserve the integrity of the design within delineated budget parameters.

A complex redevelopment of the iconic Horseshoe Bridge, Yagan Square is a public square that celebrates Western Australia culture and Aboriginal heritage on a scale not seen before in Perth, with layers of Aboriginal (Whadjuk-Noongar peoples) stories, integrated artworks and creative digital technologies amidst distinctive landscaping and architecture. It includes an amphitheatre, play spaces combined with a great line-up of eateries, bars and other entertainment areas. Most importantly, the space is the first significant public space in an Australian city to recognise an Aboriginal person, Yagan, a warrior of the Noongar people who led early resistance to British colonial settlement and rule (c.1795 to 11 July 1833).

Linking the Perth CBD and Northbridge, over four million people have visited Yagan Square since it opened in March 2018. This is a new arts, culture and leisure destination in the city, attracting tourists and locals alike; a signpost for Perth’s transformation and coming of age as a global city.

For all the winners in the WA Architecture Awards, read more here.

Image by Peter Bennetts, courtesy of Architecture AU.