Train station design to reflect caves in Yanchep area

The Metronet project team has chosen a design to reflect Yanchep caves for the Yanchep station but the City of Wanneroo says the facade won’t be easy for people to recognise as Yanchep. Graphic: Metronet

THE Metronet project team is looking at whether there is room for interpretive signs at the Yanchep station, which will explain the design of the station’s facade, which is intended to reflect caves in the area.

A Public Transport Authority (PTA) spokeswoman said the façade of the station was chosen to reflect Yanchep caves, which had significant cultural relevance to the local Noongar people.

But the City of Wanneroo is not in favour of the design put forward for the façade of the Yanchep station and wants it reconsidered.

At a special meeting on Monday, October 5 councillors agreed with an officer’s report, which said the city supported the place-based approach to the design for the Yanchep station it did not think the thematic elements had been successfully translated into the design of the station.

“It is unlikely that the local community will be easily able to understand that the golden external facade is intended to represent the local cave network (and) reconsideration of the Yanchep facade treatment should be considered,’’ the report said.

At the special meeting strategic land use planning and environment manager Emille van Heyningen said the present design would not be easy for people to recognise as Yanchep.

North Coast ward councillor Nat Sangalli said the design did not say Yanchep to her and she thought it was bland.

The PTA spokeswoman said the project team was considering if there was room for interpretive signs inside or outside the station to establish the link between the design and colours and the caves.

The officer’s report said with the designs of all three stations – Yanchep, Alkimos and Eglinton – there was an opportunity to create a stronger sense of place and that the design themes nominated for each station could be made more prominent and obvious in the architecture to better reflect the characteristics of the local areas in which they would be situated.

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The PTA spokeswoman said artist impressions went through a number of iterations during the planning process, and it was always made clear that they were subject to change.

“Three different iterations of the station renders on this project have been released, the first of which – a white pavilion-style station – was changed following feedback from the state design review panel.

“The panel suggested changes be made to differentiate the stations from each other more clearly.’’

Mike Allen from Yanchep Beach Joint Venture said an earlier version of the Yanchep station design had been more transparent and more bronze in colour.

The Eglinton station design reflects forest found in the area. Graphic: Metronet

The PTA spokeswoman said while the latest renders were being reviewed, they were about 85 per cent complete.

“Feedback is welcomed as part of the development application process, but the designs are not expected to change significantly.

“The design themes will be incorporated in to the public art plan for the stations and the landscaping designs.’’