Development plans for 64 Price Street - Subiaco are open for public comment

Nothing common about Subiaco site as inner-city suburb’s comeback is solidified

Source: The West Australian

A luxury apartment development earmarked for one of the last remaining sites in the Subi Centro redevelopment area has further solidified Subiaco’s stunning comeback.

The five-storey 31-apartment complex proposed by Australian Development Capital will include a mix of one, two and three-bedroom apartments, a ground-floor cafe and a rooftop garden with barbecue facilities directly backing onto a 3ha community park and lake.

ADC executive director Rod Hamersley said Subiaco’s resurgence had played into the company’s decision to pursue the 1853sqm site, which fronts Subiaco Common, at 64 Price Street.

“There’s been an influx of new office users, residents to the area and obviously the amenity that’s come with that on the back of some fantastic food and beverage operators that’s revitalising the Subiaco town centre,” he said.

“And I think from a resident perspective, particularly for our target market, there’s no doubt that’s attracting people to the area after a fairly prolonged period of downturn once the football stadium left,” he added.

Mr Hamersley cited Subiaco Continental and Blackburne’s decision to move its head office to its ONE Subiaco building as evidence the area was entering an exciting new era.

“All those venues that have come online in the last 12 or so months are making Subiaco a fantastic place to live, work, and play,” he said.

Designed by Melbourne-based Breathe Architects and leading Perth architect Nic Brunsdon, the proposed apartment development will also pay homage to its Australian Fine China Precinct roots.

“Breathe and Nic are both at the forefront of their industry, really. Breathe have a really strong reputation for building sustainable apartment developments, having a real focus on the sustainable aspects of buildings once they become operational as well, and not just in construction. So for us, that was a very big attraction,” Mr Hamersley said.

Mr Hamersley said a key condition of development was the reinterpretation of a heritage kiln and drill press from the former china factory, which was operational from 1921 to 2006.

“The design team has come up with a unique concept of incorporating the kiln and other heritage items into the landscaping and public art, so the public has an opportunity to explore and understand the story of the site’s history,” he said.

“The result has led to a highly place-responsive design that delivers on the vision and objectives of the precinct, with improved built form, heritage and sustainability outcomes,” Mr Hamersley said.

The development application for 64 Price Street, Subiaco, is open for public comment until August 22.