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Subi East heights finalised

28/10/2020 - 15:00

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The state government has unveiled its finalised Subi East master plan, which includes proposed development height guidelines.

Subi East heights finalised
Subi East is expected to attract an estimated $1 billion in private sector investment into the delivery of more than 2,000 dwellings Image: Hames Sharley

The state government has unveiled its finalised Subi East master plan, which includes proposed development height guidelines.

The finalised master plan for the $227 million infill development was released today and follows two years of consultation with the community, business, local government and industry.

Subi East covers a 35-hectare area spanning Subiaco Oval to the former Princess Margaret Hospital.

The state government said feedback on the master plan informed a number of changes to the final blueprint, which included: a number of amendments to height; a reduction of building height at the corner of Hay and Hamilton streets; and the relocation of a landmark site at PMH to a more central location to reduce height near the corner of Roberts Road and Thomas Street.

An increase in size of public open space within the PMH neighbourhood and the removal of a building to the north-east of the oval neighbourhood were some of the other changes incorporated.

Subi East is expected to attract an estimated $1 billion in private sector investment, which is expected to deliver more than 2,000 dwellings across the Subiaco Oval and PMH sites.

There is also potential for an additional 700 dwellings in the railway neighbourhood, which could be developed by private landowners in the future.

The bulk of development at Subi East will be capped at six storeys (see diagram), with provisions for up to 11 storeys, 17 storeys and up to 30 storeys in designated pockets around the outskirts of the Subi East precincts. 

“Intensification of height and density adjacent to West Leederville station provides enhanced accessibility and legibility by allowing height and scale to diminish with closer proximity to the oval,” the master plan noted.

“Lower scale buildings fronting the oval edge, step back to slender built form to reduce the impacts of overshadowing on surrounding development.

“Consistent with community feedback we have located landmark sites of significant height near Haydn Bunton Drive and within the PMH neighbourhoods.”

The master plan additionally outlined the potential for more: “Intense occupation of the PMH site, with higher density responding to the topography and changes in level providing opportunity for interesting built-form outcomes”.

Design guidelines for both the oval and railway neighbourhoods are expected to be drafted and advertised for public comment in 2021.

Architect firm Hames Sharley was appointed in November 2019 as lead consultant for Subi East and has since led the delivery of the master plan, as well as stakeholder and community engagement in coordination with DevelopmentWA.

Hames Sharley associate director Shannon O'Shea said the team was tasked with undertaking a 360 review of the state government’s vision concept plan, released in February 2019, which formed the basis for preparation of the master plan (phase 2). 

“Building on its unique setting, Subi East will reflect and celebrate the rich heritage and history of the area, and the role it has played in the lives of generations of Western Australians,” Ms O’Shea said.

“Dual cultural narratives of indigenous and non-indigenous history will be embedded throughout the project.

“It will be cognisant of the local character and charm of Subiaco, incorporating key design elements into the redevelopment that pay homage to the heritage and character of the area.

“The stories and heritage of the Whadjuk people will also be recognised and shared throughout Subi East, reflecting their ancient connection to the area; the cultural context and place narrative have formed the foundation for the development of the master plan.”

Planning Minister Rita Saffioti said the master plan built on the state government’s vision to deliver a framework that celebrated Subiaco’s history and heritage, while embracing opportunities to breathe new life into the area.

"We now have the roadmap which will guide one of the biggest urban infill redevelopments our state has ever seen, within three kilometres of the Perth CBD, adjacent to the rail line, creating thousands of jobs and delivering new homes for thousands of Western Australians to help meet forecasted population growth,” Ms Saffioti said.

"This master plan has been built on the most comprehensive engagement process ever undertaken by DevelopmentWA, balancing the diverse views and feedback of local residents, businesses, Whadjuk elders, industry representatives and the broader community.

"The Subi East redevelopment will create a new gateway to Subiaco and will raise the bar for design excellence and planning for multi-generational living."

Stage 1 works within the Subi Oval Neighbourhood are expected to start early 2021.

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