Midland showcases inspirational planning

Samantha Reece recently returned to Midland and what she saw gave her such a sense of pride that we have decided to blog about this today!

Samantha visited the MRA Midland site some 10 years ago with the Planning Institute of Australia and it was there that Kieran Kinsella sold the vision.  And while Sam was optimistic – she had trouble fathoming the entire rejuvenation of this area.

When she arrived in Midland this week – the vision was clear to see.

The St John of God Hospital, which is a real asset to the area, has naturally created a medical business hub.

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And the street art mixes a part humour and part history theme that is both quirky and engaging.

The housing is modern, and similar in style to the redeveloped areas of Subiaco and East Perth– which is really aspirational.  And as a result of this infusion of modern design, the heritage homes and design can be really showcased.


Overall it was a sight for sore eyes.

Samantha stated that Midland was a prime case of an organisation (MRA) setting a vision and then not deviating from it.

“Too often excellence in design is compromised because of the approvals process or market conditions.

“But Midland is an excellent example of how an overarching body can co-ordinate the rejuvenation of an area so that it truly is a delight.

“The harmony of the colours with the built form, and its embrace of its working class roots has now caused me to rate Midland as one of my favourite suburbs in Perth.

“WA needs to embrace this kind of precinct planning, so we can continue the growth of our state.”

We hope this blog has spurred you into going out to visit the Midland area.  It is well worth the trip – and we would love to hear your comments!

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3 thoughts on “Midland showcases inspirational planning”

  1. Hi Sam,

    My girlfriend is a project manager there and so passionate about the place- ive sent this to her, Im sure she will be stoked!

    Nice to see you, will be in touch about the awards. Ling


  2. Living in the vicinity of this area, I am enthused and inspired by the cultural and historical projection of the areas rich history through a thoughtfully orchestrated revamp of existing buildings and recently built modern architecture. It is inspiring to see not only development for developments sake but change that will effect community spirit and social efficacy. Midland has a proud history and there is a worth in the area which is at last being recognised.


  3. Hi Samantha, I would concur with your sentiment. I believe Midland has been overlooked by many who favour to focus their interest in the City all along the coastline. For example, when the new hospital opened I felt that it was hardly noticed even by the media.

    We were part of the start of the wave of rejuvenation and designed a successful mixed use residential building and an office building facing Juniper gardens which is an enclave that went on to win a urban design award. 10 years on we are now working on another mixed use residential building located amongst the railway yard workshops offering an opportunity to revitalise a heritage precinct.

    It has been great to see the extent of the changes in the last 10 years and I’m excited of the possibilities on the next 10 years.

    I think many would be pleasantly surprised if they visited Midland now.


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