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Esperance Waterfront

By HASSELL

  • Esperance Waterfront

    Esperance Waterfront

  • Esperance Waterfront

    Esperance Waterfront

  • Esperance Waterfront

    Esperance Waterfront

  • Esperance Waterfront

    Esperance Waterfront

  • Esperance Waterfront

    Esperance Waterfront

  • Esperance Waterfront

    Esperance Waterfront

  • Esperance Waterfront

    Esperance Waterfront

  • Esperance Waterfront

    Esperance Waterfront

  • Esperance Waterfront

    Esperance Waterfront

About the project

The revitalisation of Esperance’s foreshore has delivered a sustainable coastal erosion solution for the township, and expansive community green space at the water’s edge.
The Shire of Esperance recently transformed the Esperance Waterfront, significantly enhancing the town’s community infrastructure.

HASSELL was the lead designer for the project, guiding a multidisciplinary team of designers, engineers and environmental specialists through a two-year renewal of more than a kilometre of the town’s foreshore.

The design team used plants of local provenance, and a rich layer of interpretative street elements and public art to create a recreational focus for the town that celebrates its cultural and environmental heritage. A new seawall has been created along the promenade and the headland reclaimed, providing a solid foundation for the revitalised public landscape.

The Esperance Waterfront now features community plazas, parklands and a nature-themed playground, with an extensive network of landscaped pathways that connect these areas to the headland and lookout spaces and improve pedestrian access to the town centre.

The headland incorporates 11,000 sqm of flexible lawn space at the base of the town’s historic jetty, creating a scenic open-air environment for community gatherings and sports activities.

"The specification and management of ground-cover planting and tree stock in a coastal environment can be particularly challenging," says Anthony Brookfield, Principal at HASSELL.

"The design team overcame this by integrating the foreshore’s existing dunal system with the new rock revetment sea wall and planting expansive areas with endemic species.

"Over 63,000 new plants were grown to enhance the foreshore landscape - 70 per cent are endemic," he said.

Over 1,000 new trees have also been planted including Norfolk Pines, Swamp Sheoak and Coastal Moort. The trees are strategically positioned to strengthen the foreshore structure and provide additional shelter.

“We are really proud of our new waterfront, which has truly enhanced the vibrancy of our town,” said Malcolm Heasman, President of the Shire of Esperance at the waterfront opening.

“On any given day you can see people strolling along it, walking their dogs or simply enjoying the view. It is very satisfying to see the waterfront being so well used and enjoyed by the community,” he said.

Project credits
Client: Shire of Esperance
Lead Consultant/Landscape Architect: HASSELL
Civil Engineer: JDSi Consulting
Structural Engineer: Scott Smalley Partnership
Heritage Consultant: Griffiths Architects
Lighting Design: 3E Consulting Engineers
Irrigation: CADSult
Architect: Cartman Designs
Local Landscape Architect: Harriot Mair Landscape Architect
Arborist: Paperbark Technologies
Construction: Sime Building and Construction
Public Art: Cindy Poole & Jason Woolridge

Photography: Peter Bennetts / HASSELL