An artist's impression of the new development to be constructed on the Perth City Foreshore.

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An artist's impression of the new development to be constructed on the Perth City Foreshore.

Elizabeth Quay

Leighton Contractors, in conjunction with subsidiary Broad Construction Services (WA) Pty Ltd, is undertaking the inlet and public space development works for Elizabeth Quay.

The contract, awarded in December 2012, is one of a series of important State Government initiatives to develop Perth as a contemporary, liveable and globally competitive city – enhancing its appeal for residents, city workers and visitors alike.

Spanning an area of approximately 10 hectares of prime riverfront land in the heart of the city, the project includes constructing a new inlet, with associated roads, parks, promenades, and an island with connecting bridge.

The Leighton Broad partnership is carrying out a diverse range of works, both marine and land based, including dredging, piling, major concrete and earthworks. The outcome will be a world-class urban landscape surrounding a central water inlet.

The scale and profile of this landmark project is being delivered by a highly experienced team, under the watchful eye of more than 15,000 people in the surrounding offices and buildings overlooking the site. Few other construction sites in Western Australia are more public and even fewer more iconic than the transformation of Elizabeth Quay.

On completion, the historic Barrack Street Jetty precinct will have undergone a major facelift and a new ferry terminal will be in operation for commuters traveling to and from South Perth and the city, with new food and beverage outlets, and a rebuild of Perth’s well known Florence Hummerston kiosk.

Late 2015 will see the completion of this landmark destination and the bringing together of the city and river once again.


  • 12,000m3 of dredging
  • 165,000m3 excavation for the inlet and promenade
  • 36,000m2 of paving
  • 16,000m3 of compacted limestone to create an island
  • 1km diaphragm walls
  • 110m footbridge over the inlet
  • 500m2 interactive water feature

Milestones and Achievements

Dredging of Swan River sediments to create new and extend existing vessel channels around the inlet was one of the significant packages of work completed in 2014. The Leighton Broad team undertook this work in the most sustainable and economical way possible, with minimal impacts to the community and river environment. Leighton Broad was selected as a finalist in the 2014 Banksia Awards for the sustainable and economical management of water during this package of work, a notable achievement.

Regional Development

The construction of Elizabeth Quay has created significant local employment opportunities, with more than 140 small to medium businesses having received work through its development. The project is expected to create more than 1,600 direct and indirect jobs over the next five to 10 years, including the commercial and residential development of land immediately surrounding the inlet.