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Claremont Museum redevelopment

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Project manager: Town of Claremont
Project update: May 2020

Overview

The Town of Claremont’s historic Claremont Museum site is being upgraded to support learning opportunities related to our local heritage and culture through programs, exhibitions and presentations for our community.
 
The museum was built in 1862 as the first school between Perth and Fremantle, then used a place of religious worship, a boarding house for young men, and a police station and quarters before the Town re-opened it in 1975 as the state’s first municipal museum. Over the last few decades the Town has added facilities to the site to support the preservation of artefacts and promote the history of the area.
 
Two of these facilities are either tired or not fit for purpose,  and after extensive community consultation – including seeking input from the Council’s Museum Advisory Committee and volunteers, local teachers and other community members – Council resolved to upgrade the facilities to meet the future needs of the community.
 
The museum and associated facilities were then closed to the public to allow for preparation for works.  In the meantime, museum officers have continued to deliver community events and school programs, whilst the temporary closure has also provided an opportunity to complete a major audit and deaccessioning project of the collection – involving the identification, restoration and repacking of museum artefacts of Freshwater Bay provenance – to better interpret the rich history and many stories of Claremont.

Funding

Project funding allocated in the Town’s budget includes $500,000 for the museum renovations, $350,000 for public toilet facility upgrades, and $130,000 for an upgrade of the carpark.
 
In addition the Town secured a $760,000 Lotterywest grant in to include a new community facility to support public programs and activities as part of this project. 
 
To progress the proposed project, a steering group comprised of community members and Council officers was established at the Ordinary Council Meeting on 3 September 2019. This group invested considerable time and effort reviewing the proposed project and making a number of key recommendations to the Council.

Project Details

The project involves the upgrade of the existing office and Museum building and replaces the storage building with a fit for purpose space for community education and temporary exhibition space.
 
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Click here to view the proposed plan 
Updates
The Town would like to advise that due to the redevelopment of the Claremont Museum the toilet block at Mrs Herbert’s Park is scheduled to close from July until the end of August. As an alternative, please use the toilet facilities at Jetty Road.

Contact

For general information on Claremont Museum services and events click here.

For further information on this project please contact:
Town of Claremont
Marty Symmons – Acting Director Infrastructure
(08) 9285 4300

Claremont McKenzie Pavilion Redevelopment Project

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Project manager: Town of Claremont

Project update May 2021

Overview

The Town has identified a need for the replacement of its existing McKenzie Pavilion located at Cresswell Park in Claremont.

The current facility is well beyond its practical useful life and is not able to respond to basic club and community expectations or the increase in female and junior members (and the consequential need for dedicated female facilities). The initial proposal to consider the redevelopment of the Pavilion was generated by the two sporting clubs, the Claremont-Nedlands Cricket Club and the Westside Wolves Hockey Club who independently commissioned a 2017 study into the facility and proposed a plan for its redevelopment. 

The purpose of this project is to provide a modern, safe and inviting multi-purpose community facility that meets operational requirements of two Regional and State grade sporting groups whilst also providing a functional meeting and multipurpose space for the greater Claremont community. Whilst simply retro fitting or extending the facility (or using transportable units) might have sufficed in responding to this demand for female specific facilities and change rooms, the age and quality of the rest of the building was such that this was not considered to be a viable or appropriate solution and the entire facility needed to be considered for redevelopment, allowing for the incorporation of the additional female facilities required within this redevelopment.

The Town is aiming for the redevelopment to be completed by Christmas 2021 

Updates

The Old Pavilion has now been demolished and prelay works are now complete.

The slab is now in place with steel works now commencing.

Contact

For further information on this project please contact:
Town of Claremont
Marty Symmons – Acting Director Infrastructure
(08) 9285 4300

Claremont Train Station upgrade

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Project manager: Public Transport Authority

Overview

The Town has been in negotiation with the Public Transport Authority (PTA) on the Claremont Train Station Project since early 2018.  Claremont Station was identified as the best option for the turn backs (to support the Forrestfield-Airport Link) due to numerous factors such as timing, adequate land and the layout of the existing train line infrastructure. 

During this time the PTA has proposed iterations of the new infrastructure required to support  METRONET.  The initial plans presented to the Town included the following key features:
  • Installation of two turn backs on the train line. 
  • Extension of the current platform east to accommodate a long term increase in carriages from four to six car sets.
  • Construction of a new station consisting of a new pedestrian bridge and lift structures to the east of the existing heritage bridge.
  • Removal of the existing heritage connection from the existing pedestrian bridge.
  • Closure of both the western and eastern at-grade pedestrian crossings.
  • No additional bridge or tunnel connections to assist cycle access across the railway line.

The Town raised a number of concerns with the PTA concerning these proposals, inclusive of breaking the natural connection north and south of the railway with the Town Centre at the existing heritage bridge.  The proposals were considered to negatively impact on both the residents and the operation of the Town Centre.

In June 2019, the Town received advice from the PTA that they would decouple the project, meaning that the Project would now be delivered in two stages, given more time and thought for the proposed overpass connection.

Stage 1
Two turnbacks (required for METRONET'S Forrestfield-Airport Link), with the addition of a bus interchange and potential underpass west of the station together with initial retention of an eastern at-grade crossing (original crossing to be moved approximately 10 metres east)

Stage 2                
Overpass and connection from north to south, as well as platform connection involving a review of the heritage bridge connection as a priority to the proposed eastern bridge.

What this means to the Town and our residents


At-grade pedestrian crossings

The initial proposal to close both crossings has been reviewed in light of the agreement from the PTA to decouple the project to allow further investigation in the use of the existing heritage bridge (with Heritage Council support for any necessary modifications) as the primary access point for the station as opposed to a new structure to the east of the station.  This will allow for the ongoing use of the eastern at grade crossing at least until such stage that the platform needs to be extended to accommodate additional carriages.  At that stage, the eastern crossing may be removed or relocated (to be determined), however in that instance it is likely that the Town will pursue the relocation option.

Pedestrian tunnel / bridge

A number of options for a new pedestrian bridge or tunnel have been analysed by both the Town and PTA.  The assessment has taken into account logical connections north and south of the railway line, need to maintain cyclist linkages, open and visible connections, grade separation between the tracks and adjacent footpaths, security in design, impact on existing servicing infrastructure, costs and ongoing maintenance and responsibility.  A site has been identified for a tunnel situated approximately 200 metres west of the station to facilitate pedestrian and cycle access.  Although the entry/exit does not connect well with any existing entry points, or walkways, it remains the only viable option for consideration.  The Town is still discussing option with PTA funding and cost implications relative to future maintenance obligations and responsibilities.

Bus interchange

The PTA originally proposed a bus interchange east of the station which are considered to have significant impacts on local residents and grass trees located along Gugeri Street.  The Town negotiated an alternative location for the bus station on Gugeri Street, in its present location.  

Updates

Principal Shared Path 

Construction works on the principal shared path has commenced in the project area starting from Graylands Road and Scotch College and making its way to Claremont Crescent. Initial works will consist of minor earthworks, followed by construction of the limestone base. These works will occur during normal working hours (Monday to Saturday, 7am - 7pm).

Gugeri Street: bus interchange and drainage tanks

Bus interchange
Works are required to align Gugeri Street to accommodate drainage requirement and to build the bus interchange.
Works are targeted to commence in late-August, and further information will be issued closer to the time regarding timeframes, out-of-hours works and traffic management. Access to Claremont Quarter will be maintained.

Drainage tanks
From August to December, works will be required to install drainage infrastructure to capture the stormwater from the rail corridor drainage system.
Works will require sheet piling, excavation, tanks installation, backfilling and then asphalting the carpark area. Sheet piling is installed using a vibratory technique. Immediate residents and businesses may experience some vibrations due to sheet piling between late-August to early-September. 
The carpark will be reinstated upon the completion of works.

Barnfield Road

Retaining wall
An alternative methodology will be used to complete the works on the retaining wall on Barnfield Road which will not require shotcreting. The wall will now be an in-situ reinforced concrete wall. Works are targeted to commence in late-August and will be complete in December. A stop-go arrangement on Barnfield Road will be in place to manage delivery vehicles (concrete, steel, and formwork). Residents will be notified via a letter drop on the arrangement. These works will primarily be carried out during normal working hour and hence will have a much reduced impact than shotcreting at night.

Out-of-hour works
These works are rail engineering works and can only be carried out when there are no trains running and the Overhead Line Equipment (OLE) is de-energised for safety reasons.

Showgrounds to Swanbourne Station works 8-13 August

VeloSTRAIL installation
To allow safer crossing for wheelchair users, cyclist and prams the eastern pedestrian crossing will be re-surfaced with a product called VeloSTRAIL.
During this time the pedestrian underpass will be temporarily open to allow a Disability Discrimination Act compliant crossing from 8.30pm on Sunday 8th August to 4.30am on Friday 13th August. Signage will be in place at the station for directions on exiting and entering the station.

Buffer stops installation
A buffer stop on each of the turnbacks will be installed. The buffer stop is the stopping point for the trains, and in the event of an incident, is a safety mechanism to decelerate the trains if they overrun.
The buffer stops will be installed with a front-end loader and secured to the rail with bolts tightened by hand tools. These intermittent impactful buffer fixing works will be grouped together and will be programmed to occur for up to 2 hours.

Removal of redundant OLE mast
The removal of one redundant OLD mast will be removed opposite Scotch College. The works will require a concrete saw and will be noisy for a short period of time (20 minutes).

Shunter path installation
A safe walkway for the train drivers is required when the driver is using the sidings to change direction of the train movements. Works will occur in the day to install handrails, cabling for lighting and CCTV cameras. Out-of-hours works are required for trimming ballast and constructing the walkway, due to access requirements. Some vibrations may be experienced due to the nature of these works.

Clearing of trackside drainage
Due to the heavy rainfall in July, the trackside drainage has been scheduled to be cleared. The location of this activity is along Railway Street between Congdon Street to Sea View Terrace. Equipment used will be loader, lighting towers, excavator and dump trucks. Residents will experience some noise due to the methodology of this activity.

Contingency nights 16-20, 23-27 and 30-31 August
Due to the volume works between 8-13 August we have some contingency nights, should there be a need to undertake remaining works.

Noise reduction
Whilst we endeavour to limit any impacts to residents, given the nature of the rail works construction noise is likely to occur.
In an effort to reduce the noise from the works, various noise mitigation controls will be implemented including:

  • No reversing beepers onsite.
  • Lighting will be adjusted where practicable to ensure a safe working environment and reduce any unnecessary light spill.
  • Where practicable, works involving noise will be grouped at times to minimise duration.

The PTA will also be undertaking some maintenance activities (including tamping) within the Claremont Station Project footprint during this period. Maintenance activities across the network are advertised on the PTA website at https://www.pta.wa.gov.au/nightwork.
All works will comply with an approved noise management plan. Any changes will be posted to the project website.

Transperth impacts
Due out-of-hour works, there will be some impacts on passengers. Train replacement buses will operate while trains are cancelled. Passengers should allow extra time and plan ahead by accessing the Transperth Journey Planner: www.transperth.wa.gov.au/Journey-Planner and subscribe to My Alerts to receive notifications of upcoming disruptions.

More Information
For more information or if you have any enquiries about these works or the Claremont Station Project, please call 9326 3666 during business hours, or email info@metronet.wa.gov.au.To register for project updates, visit www.metronet.wa.gov.au. If you experience any issues during out-of-hours work, please contact the site supervisor directly on 0419 753 161.
We understand that out of hours works can be disruptive to residents and thank you for your ongoing patience and understanding as we complete these vital works.

 

Pedestrian Underpass Closed

The pedestrian underpass will be closed between 31 May - 30 September while the PTA undergo maintenance. Click here to see the map for access to Shenton Road.

Extension of Road Closure - until September 2021

In accordance with section 3.50 of the Local Government Act 1995 Council is seeking comments regarding traffic management on Claremont Crescent, Claremont for the sections of road between:
Australind Street and Stirling Road and between Stirling Road and Shenton Road
For the safety of the community, cyclists and pedestrians and construction workers, the current temporary westbound lane closures on Claremont Crescent will remain closed between Australind Street and Stirling Road until 10 September 2021 and westbound lane closures on Claremont Crescent will remain closed between Stirling Road and Shenton Road until 10 September 2021.

Comments are to be addressed to the Chief Executive Officer, Town of Claremont Post Office Box 54, Claremont 6910. Liz Ledger Chief Executive Officer

Claremont Station Re-opening

Since Claremont Station was temporarily closed on April 6, the project team has been peeling back the layers of the heritage station in order to stabilise and restore the facility and its associated outbuildings. This gradual unearthing of previously-hidden elements, including the station building’s canopy, floor joists and supporting posts, has revealed a number of rotted and damaged components which require replacement.

These works have now been completed and the Claremont Station has re-opened as of Tuesday 2 June, 2021.

The latest information from the PTA for the Claremont Station Project can be found here.

Long term single lane road closure - Claremont Crescent

As part of the State Government’s Metronet Claremont station project, the Public Transport Authority has proposed a long-term single lane road closure of Claremont Crescent, west of Stirling Road, for westbound traffic. The lane closure will accommodate critical works along the train line and ensure the safety of pedestrians, cyclist, motorists and personnel performing the work. The closure will also act as a temporary principle shared path (PSP) as the main PSP will be closed between Graylands Road and Australind Street for the duration of the works. These closures will be in place to September 2021. 

A map of the closure can be found here.

Claremont Station Project: Traffic Management Extension on Claremont Crescent

As part of the Claremont Station Project, further works are required along Claremont Crescent East and West.

Claremont Crescent West: Australind Street and Stirling Road
To facilitate safe access to the temporary principal shared path and to allow construction vehicles to safely access the rail reserve, the current temporary closure of Claremont Crescent will continue between Australind Street and Stirling Road as followed:

  • Westbound lane closed to create a temporary principal shared path; and
  • Claremont Crescent to be one-way for motorists, accommodating eastbound traffic only, from Australind Street to Stirling Road. However, access will be closed for short periods of time when construction vehicles require safe entry to the rail.

This arrangement is expected to be in place until September 2021, and the one-way traffic flow will be maintained 24/7.

Claremont Crescent East: Shenton Road and Stirling Road
As part of the Claremont Station Project, works have progressed to construct the pedestrian underpass. Although the pedestrian underpass is incomplete, it is accessible and will be completed after the major works period following 5 April. In the interim, a temporary barrier is in place to maintain safety between the road and excavation area.

For safety reasons, Claremont Crescent East will continue to be reduced to a single lane, one-way traffic flow, which will operate eastbound between Shenton Road and Stirling Road, and the one-way traffic flow will be maintained 24/7.

Please note that due to the traffic arrangements, street parking on Claremont Crescent East is unsafe, and will be restricted. Those on Claremont Crescent East, have been provided access to additional parking.

This arrangement is expected to be in place until 10 September 2021.

As well as the road closures, the car park on Claremont Crescent adjacent to The Goods Shed, will be closed. The Transperth car park on Davies Road has additional parking bays available for the community use to replace this parking for the duration of the closure.

We appreciate that the changed traffic conditions are likely to cause inconvenience to some residents; however, the arrangement is required to maintain a safe distance between the work site and traffic movements. Pedestrians, cyclists and motorists should take extra care and follow all traffic management directions along Claremont Crescent. All works will follow an approved traffic management plan.


Claremont Station Project: Extension of Claremont Crescent Eastbound Traffic Movements and Parking arrangements (updated: May 2021)
As part of the Claremont Station Project, further works are required along Claremont Crescent East to complete the principle shared path, finalise construction of the underpass and reinstate the road. 
 
For safety reasons, Claremont Crescent East will continue to be reduced to a single lane with a one-way traffic flow, which will operate eastbound between Shenton Road and Stirling Road. The one-way traffic flow will be maintained 24/7.
 
Please note that due to the extension of traffic arrangements, street parking on Claremont Crescent East is unsafe, and will continue to be restricted.
 
Residents on Claremont Crescent East who were issued a Transperth parking permit in February will no longer have access to allocated bays at the underground Transperth carpark on Davies Road from 7 May 2021. Residents allocated parking permits will be able to revert to the previous parking arrangement (see figure 1) and park where signage specifies on the northern side of the carpark that is adjacent to The Goods Shed using existing permits, this arrangement will be available from 1 May 2021 to residents issued parking permits.
 
This arrangement is expected to be in place until 10 September 2021.


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Contact

For further information on this project please visit METRONET's website or contact:

Public Transport Authority 
Amaarah Samnakay, Project Communications Officer
Tel: (08) 9326 2110
Email: info@metronet.wa.gov.au

Town of Claremont
Marty Symmons – Acting Director Infrustructure
(08) 9285 4300