The Western Australian Government has approved the business case for its Subi East redevelopment and committed a further $193 million towards the project, on top of the $34 million already committed for the Subiaco Oval’s demolition.
The Subiaco East Redevelopment Project is one of the State’s most significant urban renewal projects. It is set to transform 35.6 hectares of land (taking in the Subiaco Oval and the old Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) site) into a thriving and connected inner-city hub with strong transport links, walking and cycling paths and a network of high-quality landscaped green spaces.
In the coming years, the project will deliver more than 2,000 new dwellings around the Subiaco Oval and PMH precincts. It will also create 2,700 jobs during construction and support 650 new jobs in Subiaco once it is fully built and occupied.
The recently announced funding will go towards preparing the Subi East site for an expected $1 billion worth of private investment over the life of the project. The funding decision will provide for the acquisition of all Government lands to LandCorp, ensuring a mix of diverse and affordable housing across the project area and demolition of the former PMH site.
Heritage buildings at the former PMH site are expected to be preserved and adapted for future use, while the stories of the Whadjuk people will be recognised and shared throughout Subi East. The demolition works are expected to commence by the end of 2021, dependent on project requirements and further site investigations.
WA Planning Minister, Rita Saffioti, said approval of this business case and funding is a landmark decision that further demonstrates the McGowan Government’s commitment to urban renewal, economic development and job creation.
“The focus can progress towards master planning, and we look forward to seeing this vibrant, connected new community take shape on the doorstep of the Perth CBD.”
Subiaco Oval works
In May 2019, it was announced that Western Australian company, R.J. Vincent and Co., had been appointed to carry out the Subiaco Oval demolition works, following a six-month public procurement process.
The stadium’s iconic state heritage-listed entry gates are set to remain and be incorporated into the future development, while the Sandover Medal walk will be carefully removed for future relocation or reinterpretation. The site’s rich sporting history will be further celebrated by the reinstatement of a playing surface for shared community and school use.
More than 100,000 tonnes of concrete and other materials will be removed during demolition, with up to 95 per cent to be recovered for reuse in construction such as road base. The demolition works are slated for completion in time for the opening of Bob Hawke College in February 2020.