About this construction project


The site is located in the heart of Perth City on an approx. 120 m² block. The site currently consists of two Western Power transformers which date back to circa 1960 with the transformer room sitting underneath the main structure. The construction includes a 3-storey tower called the Elder Street Lookout which is surrounded by a structural steel and glass façade. Gwyth Jones was approached by the Client to be the commercial builder of the Elder Street Lookout. Our previous collaborations gave the Client and the Architect the trust and confidence in working together on this commercial construction project in Perth.


The main attraction and feature on this project is the structural steel and glass façade reaching approx. 24 m high. The façade is completely manufactured in Western Australia. The structure has 3 storeys with a café on level 1 and viewing platform on level 3. 

The project also consists of an advertising LED screen 7.5m x 4.5m.     



  • The main challenge of this project is the site location. Logistically the project is very restricted with the space on site and access. Elder Street has two lanes of one way traffic and has one of the main arteries of traffic leading into the city. With clear ways twice a day for rush hour traffic, the logistics for forward planning has been essential for deliveries and construction methodology.
  • The site was originally occupied by Western Power with a transformer room in operation. The structure and services for the project within the ground had to be planned and constructed around an extensive amount of existing services. 
  • The interaction of structural steel and glass working together on the façade. The façade consisted of 25 tonnes of laser cut steel and 115 pieces of glass, with each piece of steel and glass being a different size and shape.


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