Project Background

What is the Subi East Redevelopment Project?

Subi East will be one of the most significant urban redevelopment projects undertaken in our city.

The project will see the creation of an exciting new north-eastern gateway for Subiaco - one that respects and reflects the rich heritage of the area while realising the importance of its prominent location right on the edge of Perth's CBD.

Importantly, the project will help breathe new life into this 35.6ha corner of Subiaco by delivering vibrant new places for people to live, learn, work and play.


Where is the Subi East project area?

The Subi East project area includes a number of parcels of land, totaling 35.6ha, in the north-eastern corridor of Subiaco. In very broad terms, it roughly extends from Haydn Bunton Drive through to Thomas Street, although Perth Modern School is not within the boundary area.  The scheme area includes Subiaco Oval and surrounding land, the former Princess Margaret Hospital, the new Inner City College (under construction), the West Leederville railway reserve area and Mueller Park which will remain as public open space.

Why redevelop the area?

With football moving from Subiaco Oval to the new Optus Stadium, and the decommissioning of Princess Margaret Hospital following the opening of the Perth Children’s Hospital, the State Government has been planning ahead to provide a vibrant future for one of Perth’s most loved inner-city suburbs. The Subi East project will contribute to the economic prosperity of Subiaco through job creation and by bringing thousands more residents to the area to support existing businesses. It will play a key role in helping the City of Subiaco meet its residential infill targets and through more affordable apartment offerings, help young professionals to get their foot on the property ladder. Housing density also offers an opportunity to help address the needs of Perth’s rapidly growing population and limit impact on urban sprawl. As an iconic destination on the edge of the Perth’s CBD, Subi East will play a vital role in the continued development of Perth as WA’s capital and national destination.

What does the Subi East redevelopment project involve?

It is still early days in the planning for the future of Subi East, but as the redevelopment area encompasses a number of sites, it is envisaged that Subi East will feature a number of precincts, each one a destination in its own right. A number of factors are set-in-stone that will heavily influence planning for the area. Some of these key factors include: The new Inner City College: as a priority initiative for Government, work commenced earlier this year on the redevelopment of Kitchener Park as the site of the Inner City College to accommodate 2000 students. Subiaco Oval: While the grandstands and surrounding area are earmarked for redevelopment, the oval itself will be repurposed for use by students of the new Inner City College and the community. The heritage listed gates will be retained and the components of the Sandover Medal Walk will be carefully removed during works and later reinstated. The redevelopment of the Princess Margaret Hospital site: extensive investigations are required before we can begin planning for its future, but heritage features such as Godfrey House and the Multi Faith Centre will be protected. Mueller Park: this popular community destination will remain as public open space In addition, the project will seek to integrate with the Subiaco and West Leederville train stations to create a new transit oriented community that respects and complements the traditional character of the area. 


What work has been done to date?

The first priority for the project was to commence work to deliver the Inner City College. This new secondary school is being developed to provide student enrolment relief for Shenton College, Churchlands Senior High School and Mount Lawley Senior High School. While work was progressing on the Inner City College, throughout much of 2018 we conducted an extensive series of investigations, technical studies, forums and workshops with key stakeholders and industry experts to help us get a clearer understanding of what each precinct has the potential to offer: how they could integrate with the surrounding communities; how they could reflect the deep Aboriginal connection to the area; and how they could complement the rich cultural and heritage values associated with Subiaco. We also went out to 23,000 households and businesses in Subiaco and surrounding areas with a survey designed to start the conversation about a vision for Subi East. Just over 1,500 responses were received and the feedback has helped to shape the draft vision.

What is the vision for Subi East?

Following an extensive consultation program, including a community survey which went to all households and businesses in Subiaco and surrounding areas, a huge amount of feedback was received which has shaped the creation of a draft vision for Subi East. From your feedback, there are four main pillars – or guiding principles – that have emerged that will act as the foundation for concept and master planning    Pillar 1: A connected inner-city village Pillar 2: Kaya Subi (Hello Subi) – reflecting indigenous and non-indigenous history, heritage and culture. Pillar 3: A green pulse Pillar 4: Collective well being With the four pillars – or guiding principles - now identified, we are seeking the community’s input to further shape the vision plan. 

What is an inner-city village?

Community living forms the heart of an inner-city village.  In keeping with its place as an inner-city development, it delivers on density but is uniquely designed to foster a sense of community for residents. This is achieved through well designed public open spaces at its core, connectivity, architectural excellence to integrate with surrounding areas, mixed-use offerings – all carefully thought out to meet the needs of all generations and encourage people of all ages to set down roots.

Will the development be high density?

Yes. The redevelopment area is right on the edge of Perth’s CBD so it is ideally located to offer density housing. It will play a key role in helping the City of Subiaco meet its residential infill targets and through more affordable apartment offerings, help young professionals to get their foot on the property ladder. These days, modern smart design and planning and can help deliver a mix of high and medium density that not only integrates with the surrounding area, it also can reflect the character of the surrounding area.  The first round of community engagement for this project - a survey of residents, businesses, workers and visitors - has indicated this to be an important consideration for Subi East. While the feedback shows general acknowledgement that this development provides an opportunity to meet density requirements, one of the key themes to have emerged is for a connected and vibrant inner-city village that will foster community spirit and well-being. 

What types of housing will be developed and how tall will the buildings be?

While we don’t have concept plans yet, the community has told us that planning for density should look at a mix of dwelling options that could include multi-storey apartments, townhouses and terraced housing. As a guide, in our community survey we indicated there could be density mixes within each precinct and asked for feedback on desired positioning for 2-5 storeys, 5-8 storeys and 12+ storeys within each precinct.

Will there still be parks and open spaces?

Yes. Mueller Park, which lies at the heart of the redevelopment will remain public open space.  In addition, the Subiaco Oval ground will be converted into a community oval which will be available to students at the new Inner City College, sporting groups and the wider community. The oval will be an important community hub.

Who is developing Subi East?

Subi East is one of the first projects to be progressed under WA's newly consolidated land development agency (the merger of LandCorp and the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority – MRA - in progress). The project is being developed, in close consultation with the City of Subiaco, as a whole-of-government initiative, so a number of different agencies/departments are involved. LandCorp (project delivery) and MRA (statutory planning) Department of Education (Inner City College) Department of Health (PMH patient and staff transfer to the new Perth Children's Hospital and decommissioning of PMH) Department of Finance - Strategic Projects; Building Management and Works Department of Planning; Lands; Heritage Metronet Department of CommunitiesPublic Transport Authority We are also working closely with the Whadjuk Working Party, and the Town of Cambridge. As planning progresses we will be engaging with other government departments, agencies and Local Government Authorities. 

Will Subi East take into account work already completed by the City of Subiaco?

Absolutely. The City of Subiaco has already completed a lot of planning work, including:

Draft Economic Development Strategy

Draft Transport, Access and Parking Strategy

North Subiaco Structure Plan

Think 2030, the City's Strategic Community Plan.

We are reviewing these strategies as part of the process to shape our planning for Subi East.

How do I make an enquiry/complaint about a project matter?

We welcome your feedback, questions or concerns. You can email us at subieast@landcorp.com.au.

How can I be kept informed of progress?

If you would like to be involved in future community consultation please visit www.landcorp.com.au/subieast and register your details online.

Subiaco Oval Demolition

Where do I find out more information about the demolition process?

LandCorp have set up a separate project page which can be accessed at https://haveyoursay.landcorp.com.au/subi-demolition.

Subiaco Oval

What is the Subiaco Oval precinct?

While it is still early days in the planning for the future of Subi East, it is envisaged that the Subiaco Oval precinct will feature a mix of education (the Inner City College), residential and commercial accommodation, all built around a repurposed Subiaco Oval.

Why does the Oval need to be repurposed? Why not leave it as it is?

The oval will be used by students of the Inner City College and will also be available for use by the community.

The current playing surface features turf that is to AFL standard. It is a soft, water thirsty grass that is unsuitable for the anticipated high usage. So the turf will need to be replaced as the oval is repurposed for school and community use.

Planning also needs to consider access from the school to the oval, access for residents, and access from the street.


Will the oval be the only recreational or public open space in the Subiaco Oval precinct?

As part of the visioning process to date, feedback has indicated a desire for green links throughout the Subi East redevelopment, connecting the project area with Subi Centro, and offering places for people to relax and socialise outdoors. There have also been suggestions for a recreational facility.  This second phase of engagement to further shape the vision will help us identify potential for further recreational and public open space within all the proposed precincts.

What heritage features will be retained?

The site is subject to some heritage listings that require retention or protection of certain elements, which planning must take into account. These include the Subiaco Oval Gates which will remain in place, and components of the Sandover Medal Walk, which will be carefully removed, stored and reinstated where appropriate during the demolition and construction phase. 

What about the Moreton Bay Fig Trees at the corner of the oval precinct and Haydn Bunton Drive?

The Moreton Bay Figs will be protected. 

Will any parts of the existing grandstand be retained?

It is unlikely that any significant structures will be maintained, however adaptation through the use of recycled materials and through reinterpretation will be considered. 

Will the lights at the oval be retained?

The existing lighting structures are not appropriate in a residential setting, new lighting for community use will be investigated.

What is the timeframe for demolition and build out at the Subiaco Oval precinct?

Subject to approvals, a contractor for the demolition is expected to be appointed early 2019, with demolition expected to commence later that year.  The first priority is to provide an oval space for the first intake of Inner City College students in February 2020. Development of the surrounding area will be determined through the concept and master-planning phase (due to commence 2019), and commencement of build-out by the private sector will be determined at the appropriate stage and by market conditions.

Will development of the Subiaco Oval Precinct require a realignment of existing roads?

It is still early days, however it is likely that following the visioning, concept plan and master-planning phases, there will be a need for the western section of Subiaco Road to be realigned, as well as the creation of new pedestrian paths and cycle ways. Traffic management plans will be developed at the appropriate time.

Will Roberts Road be converted into a two-way street?

This is unknown at this stage.  However, conversion of Roberts Road into a two-way street is being investigated as part of the planning process.

Princess Margaret Hospital Site

Why is Princess Margaret Hospital being redeveloped?

Following the opening of the new Perth Children's Hospital, PMH closed on 10 June 2018.  The Department of Health then progressed decommissioning of the hospital, now completed. The site has been secured – a process which includes fencing the site and closing certain areas for unauthorised access, security patrols and CCTV surveillance.

Developing plans for the site will be part of our master planning process. Some buildings within the PMH site – namely Godfrey House and the multi-faith building – have heritage significance and will be retained.


How will the history and heritage associated with PMH be incorporated into the new development?

PMH holds a special place in the hearts of all West Australians. A heritage inventory audit has been prepared, and as planning progresses we will consider how some of the elements can be incorporated into the new development.  We are also working with the Department of Health, the PMH Alumni, the City of Subiaco and other stakeholders on ways in which the PMH story can be captured and reflected. 

What are the plans for the PMH car park?

This will be considered as part of the planning process.  However, we are currently working with key stakeholders including the City of Subiaco and the Department of Health/the new Perth children’s Hospital to investigate interim options for the car park. 


What will happen to the Thomas Street / PMH pedestrian underpass?

During decommissioning of the PMH, the underpass was closed to pedestrians. However, the underpass has now reopened. 

When will development occur?

It is far too early to provide indicative timings for development of the PMH site.  However, it should be noted that given the age of the site, we anticipate extensive investigations will be required at the appropriate time to determine what constraints may exists, and the appropriate remediation measures. This information, together with market conditions, will help provide a better understanding of potential timelines.

West Leederville train station and the railway reserve area

Why is the railway reserve area at West Leederville train station included in planning for the Subi East redevelopment?

The Subi East redevelopment area is bordered by the rail line, as well as the adjoining cycle way and pedestrian links, making West Leederville train station a key transport node/destination for Subi East residents, workers, students, and visitors. Therefore it is incorporated as part of the planning process to ensure the most appropriate development outcomes are considered.

Will any of the roads or pathways be realigned?

This will be determined as part of the planning process.  Connectivity throughout the Subi East area forms one of the guiding development principles so road and pathway layout, accessibility and functionality must be carefully considered to deliver the best outcomes for students of the inner college, new (and existing) residents, workers and visitors to the area. 

Will the rail-line will be capped as it was for Subi Centro?

We really cannot answer that question at this stage.Visioning for the broader precinct is currently underway, and until we have a final vision plan (which will inform both the concept plan and the business case) it is just too early to talk about potential capping of the railway. 

I am a private landowner of a property that is located the redevelopment scheme area. What does this mean for me?

Any future development of your property will be guided by Subiaco Redevelopment Scheme 2 and the policies if you own property within the redevelopment area. This just means that instead of submitting your plans to the City of Subiaco for approval, you'll submit your planning and development applications to the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority (MRA). The City of Subiaco will still be responsible for other local approvals like building permits. 

What will happen to the existing Department of Communities housing?

We are working with Department of Communities on how to best integrate their current housing area within the Subi East project.  However this has not been determined yet as we are still in the initial planning phases.