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Developer Proposes Australia’s First Floating Lagoon


Northstar Developments has unveiled an ambitious proposal for Perth's Swan River.

The project, dubbed Swan River Deck, draws inspiration from a similar proposal for New York City called the Plus Pool.

The floating facility will be docked off Elizabeth Quay and include a 100-metre swimming pool, event and exhibition spaces as well as well as a marina.

Swan River Deck founder and director Grant Oldfield of Northstar Developments has worked closely with ARM Architecture to create the concept.

“The design is about bringing people and the city to the river,” Oldfield said.

Northstar has also enlisted Oceanis International, AECOM, APP, Pracsys and Shape Urban to help create the urban oasis.

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Swan River Deck
Designed as a lagoon connected to the river, its surface is generated by the inception of the splash, creating multiple water pools, a ‘sand-bar’ area to sunbake and to stay dry, and an ecological ‘habitat’ with rooms inside for events and exhibitions.

The swimming pool will be filled with chemical-free filtered river water that would be useable year-round.

The Swan River Deck could also connect with the proposed Indigenous Cultural Centre destined for Elizabeth Quay.

Northstar has indicated the venue would not be privately held but for public use at a small fee.

In order to further endorse the proposal the developer has met with a number of government agencies including the WA Minister for Environment, local Indigenous business and community leaders, Tourism WA and the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority.

The developer is now seeking public feedback for the Swan River Deck and will act based on the results of the regulatory process and community consensus.

The developer has also submitted the plans to the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions’ Perth Water Precinct Plan.

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