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Scarborough Foreshore Redevelopment, Perth

Revitalising one of Australia’s most iconic beach fronts

The redevelopment of the 1km Scarborough Beach foreshore revitalised one of the most popular precincts in Perth, Western Australia. After an initial commission to develop the precinct masterplan, Arup then delivered transportation planning, civil, geotechnical, structural engineering and building services from detailed design through to construction stages. The redeveloped precinct should see interstate and international visitors extending their visits in Western Australia, experiencing one of Australia’s premium beachfront destinations.

The revitalised beachfront now includes open recreational spaces with climbing walls, international competition grade skate facility; a Lottery West playground and public pool recreation complex. The area also boasts a new civic square with improved transport connections, a new surf club building and Sunset Hill, offering spectacular beachside views.

In the initial stage, Arup was commissioned to develop the precinct redevelopment Master Plan and transportation planning. This included a high-level services strategy for the site including consultation with service authorities, identification of risks and costs associated with external upgrade requirements, specifically waste water pump stations and water main upgrades.

Project Summary


$100million regeneration development delivered by the Western Australian Government

1kmbeach foreshore redevelopment

On the subsequent stage of the project, we provided detailed geotechnical, civil and structural engineering design services to facilitate the infrastructure required to service the redevelopment. The multidisciplinary team used the BIM platform to develop civil and structural models, using data to predict and achieve better outcomes and coordinate between disciplines. These have incorporated the existing foreshore precinct materials and ensured existing coastline vegetation and dunes was protected and preserved.

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A complete redesign of the road network within the precinct was undertaken including the transit hub - the focal and entry point to the precinct - to provide easy access for locals and tourists to the foreshore facilities. The upgrade of the Esplanade from Reserve Street to Brighton Road allowed for a low speed environment which prioritises pedestrian movements.


A water sensitive urban drainage design strategy was implemented through landscaped rain gardens, reducing the amount of underground storage and direct discharge into the existing network.

Our scope of work also included activation of the development through Scarborough Square, the intergenerational plaza, Sunset Hill, a new beach services building and a surf club facility, all connected by the lower promenade.