Activation of under utilised spaces (such as laneways and upper floors) has created affordable and interesting spaces, which are frequently occupied by creative industries and create a unique urban experience that attracts young, creative people. As such, the City of Perth is currently undertaking a number of projects aimed at reactivating the city's under-utilised spaces, in order to create a more vibrant and attractive urban environment.
Spacemarket - Pairing disused space with useful people
The City of Perth is the proud sponsor and key partner of Spacemarket, an online interface for the exchange of floorspace across central Perth. Spacemarket seeks to stimulate inactive and under-utilised but potentially opportune spaces of the city by pairing non-tenanted spaces with people who have a desire to use them.
If you are a property owner or managing agent and have underutilised empty space or if your business is looking for a space in the city visit www.spacemarket.com.au and contact the Spacemarket team.
The City’s Laneway Strategy “Forgotten Spaces, Part I - Revitalising Perth’s Laneways” aims to improve the contribution of laneways to the city, in order to enhance the urban fabric of the spaces and celebrate each laneway’s distinctive environment. This strategy has seen the successful activation of Howard Lane and Wolf Lane, with works being undertaken to activate Grand Lane during the 2010/11 financial year.
To view the Forgotten Spaces strategy, click here.
To view the approved concept plans for three inner-city laneways, click here.
Empty Upper Floor Spaces
The City completed an upper floors reactivation feasibility study, which identifies the barriers to activation of upper floors, many of which were closed off years ago and to identify the opportunities such activation could present. The study offers an independent assessment of the opportunities and barriers to upper floor activation, providing property owners and developers with the information required to make sound investments in the city.
It is hoped that the reactivation of existing stock above street level may provide more sustainable and affordable alternatives for businesses that have not attempted to secure inner-city premises at a time of record high-value leasing agreements.
The Forgotten Spaces - Upper Floor Reactivation feasibility study is available to download here.
Please contact the Economic Development Unit via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or on +61 8 9461 3198, for any further information.