Department of Transport, WA Government Perth
Perth Metropolitan Area (with northern and city focus for Light Rail)

This 12-month contract saw Hames Sharley provide planning, urban design and architectural services to the State Department of Transport as part of a multi-disciplinary project team. This ‘integrated services team’ was assembled from the transport portfolio and was supplemented by key personnel from the various consultancies in a joint venture led by a partnership between Parsons Brinckerhoff and Aecom.

Hames Sharley’s Senior Urban Designer, Ian Stanger assumed the role of the project’s Urban Design Manager. He was responsible for the direction and coordination of the urban design input to the overall engineering and transport design for the light rail corridor, including the concept design of light rail stops and public realm interfaces along the 22km phase 1 route. This role embedded him within the multi-disciplinary design team for the MAX project and involved direct engagement with key project stakeholders across state and local government and the business community. Ian was also responsible for managing a pool of resources comprised of urban planners, urban designers, landscape architects, architects and graphic/3D designers who delivered landscape strategies, urban realm design guidelines, architectural concepts and other illustrative material to support the MAX Light Rail Business Case.

Hames Sharley’s remit for the concept design and business case phase of the project led to a broad range of specific studies into the light rail corridor, including modifications to transit interchanges and architectural concepts for an operation centre. One of the more significant studies saw the urban design team examining the route options through Perth CBD, specifically the urban realm, retail and pedestrian interfaces with this new form of transit. Engagement with key stakeholders in a series of focused workshops led to greater understanding of the project benefits and ultimately feedback that provided clarity on the preferred stakeholder route. Hames Sharley worked closely with economists and demographic modellers to consider the wider and longer-term spatial growth and property impacts of light rail. This required collaboration with the state government team working on the strategic forecasts for land use, population, dwellings and employment for the metropolitan area as part of the quantification of the project’s benefits and development of the business case for phase 1 of MAX.

Hames Sharley’s successful and varied involvement in the MAX project followed our initial urban design commission for the Inner City Transit (light rail) project in Perth. That was a higher level study, with Parsons Brinckerhoff, of a nominated alignment through central Perth - the so-called ‘knowledge arc’ connection from the CBD to the specialised activity centre campuses at Crawley (Queen Elizabeth II Medical Centre and University of Western Australia) and Curtin University. Since 2012, our involvement in light rail planning and design in the city has been across strategic discussions and debates, stakeholder workshops and community engagement and the concept design process for the next generation of Perth’s metropolitan transit.