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WA gov’t unveils concept for rejuvenation of Subiaco Oval precinct

The Western Australian government has published a “vision concept” for a Perth precinct near the CBD that would see the area around the disused Subiaco Oval transformed into a housing development.

The 35.6-hectare “Subi East” precinct includes land around the the oval, as well as the former Princess Margaret Hospital, the under-construction Inner City College and West Leederville train station.

The oval, which was home to the state’s AFL teams, was closed following the opening of Optus Stadium designed by Hassell, Cox Architecture and HKS in 2018.

In a statement the government said the early concepts were being released to the public to “share the broad vision for the redevelopment” following more than 12 months of consultation.

Indicative aerial view of the Subiaco Oval, featuring the retained heritage gates.

Indicative aerial view of the Subiaco Oval, featuring the retained heritage gates.

Image: Landcom

The vision concept retains and reopens the oval for use by Inner City College, as well as local sport and community groups. The stands would be largely demolished, while the heritage-listed gates would be restored. The oval would also become home to the WA Football Commission. Heritage-listed building at the former Princess Margaret Hospital would also be retained and adapted.

The vision concept describes a range of housing types, including intergenerational, affordable, family and aged care housing. The nearby Mueller Park would be “activated” as the village green for the new residences.

Rita Saffioti, WA planning minister, said, “The consultation undertaken to date shows there is strong community support for revitalizing Subiaco, with development undertaken in a way that will reflect the historical, cultural and heritage values of the area.

“The vision for Subi East encompasses this, and at the same time lays the foundations for a strong future.

“The diverse range of housing options being considered for the development will help thousands of people from all walks of life to get their foot on the property ladder.

The future of Subiaco Oval has previously been the subject of speculation with two teams of architects conceiving radical proposals for the site that included an artificial surf park and a campus centred on a 40-storey tower.

Feedback on the concept is being sought until 1 March. For more information, go here.

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