Named in honour of Queen Elizabeth II during the Diamond Jubilee, Elizabeth Quay is a multi-purpose development project located on the North Shore in Perth.
The project is built around the re-purposed Esplanade Reserve. It includes nine buildings and a main square. The construction began on the 26 of April 2012 when the first stone was laid by Planning Minister John Day. The project was designed by the local firm ARM architecture, directed by lead architect Richard Weller. Elizabeth Quay was partially completed in time for the Perth International Art Festival on the 26 of January 2016. However, despite the official inauguration, some buildings were uncompleted, like the Ritz Carlton, which was completed three years later.
Many were enthusiastic about the new project, effectively giving Perth a brand-new Skyline. However, others heavily opposed the Quay’s construction for its failure to respect Western Australian Heritage and the potential risk to the river’s ecology.