Subi Centro, Subiaco FACT SHEET #1
• The Subiaco Redevelopment Authority (SRA) was formed by an Act of Parliament in
1994. SRA commenced planning the redevelopment of the Subi Centro project area in
• The Subi Centro project has transformed 80 hectares of former industrial land bounded
by Salvado Road, Jersey Street, Roberts Road, Hay Street and Haydn Bunton Drive.
• The major infrastructure component of the project has been the sinking of the railway line
through Subiaco, which commenced in 1997 and enabled the connection of Wembley
• The construction of the underground railway station also freed up land needed to create
new neighbourhoods, roads and commercial and retail space.
• Subi Centro will eventually house 2,000 new residents in 1,500 new dwellings.
• The project will introduce 4,000 new employees with the creation of approximately
80,000sqm of new commercial retail space.
• SRA’s total expenditure on the redevelopment of Subi Centro will be in the order of $135
million. Flow-on private sector expenditure on new residential and other buildings in Subi
Centro will be approximately $500 million.
• Key milestones of the project include the construction of Subi Centro’s transit-oriented
civic hub, Subiaco Square, including new shops, restaurants and cafés, and the
undergrounding of the train station.
• Redevelopment of the area has created vibrant new neighbourhoods including Subiaco
Gardens, Subiaco Park, Subiaco Village, Subiaco Rise, Subiaco Square and Centro
• Subi Centro’s success was recognised with a win in the category of Urban Renewal
Projects in the 2004 National Urban Development Institute of Australia National Awards
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• Subiaco Square is the centre-piece of the redevelopment project and represents one of
Australia’s best examples of transit oriented development.
• Subiaco Square was created on the land above and adjacent to the new underground
• Subiaco Square integrates residential, commercial, mixed use and retail space. With
pedestrian access to the railway station and numerous public amenities, Subiaco Square
is the community hub of Subi Centro.
• Access to the train station is enhanced with the slip road incorporated from the Roberts /
Rokeby Road intersection through Subiaco Square.
• Subiaco Square has become a natural extension of Subiaco’s existing retail heart,
Rokeby Road, where people live, work and socialise.
• Subiaco Square underpins Subi Centro’s adjoining commercial centre.
• His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales, visited Subiaco Square in March 2005. During
his visit, Prince Charles was briefed on the Subiaco Redevelopment Project, enjoyed a
ride in the Hydrogen Fuel Cell “Ecobus” and visited the Sustainable Demonstration Home
in the Subiaco Rise subdivision.
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• Centro North is the redevelopment of the one hectare former TAFE site bounded by
Wexford Street, Station Street, Salvado Road and St Joseph’s Church. The SRA is
responsible for the redevelopment of this site.
• The development will deliver improved pedestrian linkages through the creation of a
north-south urban plaza, linking Subiaco train station with St John of God Hospital.
• Centro North is highly accessible and located within 300 metres of the Subiaco train
station, St John of God Hospital and the Rokeby Road retail strip. This makes it a
significant addition to the Subi Centro oriented development.
• Centro North will integrate existing developments surrounding the site and will protect key
view lines to St Joseph’s Church.
• The project will create a mixed use precinct of resident and commercial uses, and is set
to become an attractive place for residents, workers and visitors to the area.
Subi Centro, Subiaco FACT SHEET #4
• The Australian Fine China (AFC) site is significant for the development of Subi Centro as
it is one of the last sites to be revitalised. It is in a unique position to connect, complement
and enhance the existing community fabric.
• The four-hectare site is located within the Subi Centro project area and is bordered by
Hay Street to the south, Price Street to the north, City of Subiaco land to the west and
Darbon Crescent to the east.
• The name China Green reflects the site’s history, heritage, high sustainability standards
and linkage with Subi Centro’s Green Spine.
• China Green aims to respond to the unmet demand for smaller and therefore more
affordable dwellings, and office space close to the city, with public transport and a range
of activities on its doorstep.
• The development proposes a mix of housing types and land uses close to public transport
and a strong pedestrian and cycle network, to encourage the future community to walk,
cycle or catch the train or bus.
• The overall design philosophy will reflect the significance of AFC’s heritage, character
and place in the development of Subiaco. Public art will help to tell the story, interpreting
the site’s social, cultural and commercial past.
• Implementation of the China Green Precinct Plan will be assessed against 56
sustainability objectives jointly developed by the SRA and City of Subiaco. A key focus of
the development is high standards of sustainability designed to achieve best practice
social, economic and environmental outcomes.
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Building a Community
• Subi Centro is a mixed use urban community in which neighbourhoods and businesses
co-exist. The successful planning of integrated residential housing, shops, cafés,
restaurants and businesses create a vibrant, sustainable urban village.
• SRA planners have incorporated new recreational environments and attractive civic
spaces with a network of cycleways and footpaths. Public spaces such as Subiaco
Common feature children’s play equipment and a pedestrian promenade for families and
residents to enjoy.
• The Subiaco train station is at the centre of the project area providing easily accessible
public transport to the community and people working in the area.
• In 2002 the SRA adopted a Housing Affordability Policy. As part of its commitment to
diversity the SRA promotes housing mix through provisions for affordable, special needs
or social housing, making Subi Centro a place for all people.
• The SRA has commissioned public artworks to be incorporated into the landscape, play
areas, lighting, signage and buildings throughout the redevelopment area.
• Many of the public artworks reflect the cultural heritage and industrial history of the area,
including the old BOC Gas operations and Australian Fine China (AFC).
• Installation of the Gas bottle silhouette artwork for the former BOC Gas site was
completed in May 2003 on Price Street in Subiaco Rise.
• AFC site’s industrial heritage will be preserved prior to redevelopment through public art,
social history records and photography. One such artwork, a replica of an over-sized
bronze kookaburra modelled on AFC’s Wembley Ware range, has already been installed
overlooking Subiaco Rise.
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• The SRA was formed by Act of Parliament in 1994 to transform 80 hectares of industrial
land and sink a portion of the Perth to Fremantle railway line through Subiaco.
• When the Subiaco Redevelopment Scheme (SRS) came into force in November 1996,
both the Metropolitan Region Scheme (MRS) and the City of Subiaco Town Planning
Scheme No.3 were repealed so as not to apply to the Redevelopment Area (section 46,
Subiaco Redevelopment Act).
• Accordingly, in November 1996 the SRA became the sole planning authority for the
• Subsequently, the City of Subiaco Town Planning Scheme No.3 was repealed and
replaced by Town Planning Scheme No.4 (TPS 4), which expressly excluded the
• The purpose of the SRS was to provide for the redevelopment of the area in accordance
with the objectives set out in the Subiaco Redevelopment Act.
• Once redeveloped to the satisfaction of the SRA, land can be subtracted from the
Redevelopment Area and returned to the planning authority of the City of Subiaco. This
process is known as ‘normalisation’.
• The first stage of normalisation occurred in September 2005 and saw 67 per cent of land
in the Subiaco Redevelopment Area transferred back under the City of Subiaco’s
planning authority. Stage one included Subiaco Gardens, Subiaco Common, St Ives,
Lords Sports Club, Homebase, Subiaco Square, Subiaco Park, St Joseph’s Church and
• The second stage of normalisation occurred on 31 January 2007 and saw a further 19
per cent of the project area returned to the City, including the Council Depot, Self Lock
Storage and Subiaco Rise.
• The final stage of normalisation will occur on completion of the remaining parts of the
project area, which includes the TAFE Station Street and China Green sites.
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Conservation and the Environment
• Conservation and remediation of the environment has been central to the planning and
design of Subi Centro.
• Key environmental issues resolved in the planning and delivery of Subi Centro include
the remediation of contaminated soils and groundwater; resource efficiency; transport;
• At the neighbourhood level, SRA’s design of Subi Centro promotes energy and resource
efficiency in buildings, landscape and public spaces. This includes:
o Encouragement of non-energy intensive transportation such as public transport,
cycling and walking
o Orientation of streets, buildings and open space for maximum solar access
o Incorporation of water sensitive design initiatives to subdivisions and open space
such as maximising groundwater recharging, rainwater harvesting for reticulation
and careful selection of planting
o Provision of waste recycling points.
• At the site level, developments must also promote energy and resource efficiency. In
compliance with the SRA’s Design Guidelines residential developments are sited to
receive the maximum amount of northern sun in winter and to ensure solar access to
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Urban Planning and Design
• In planning and designing Subi Centro, SRA has incorporated residential, commercial,
retail and public open space to produce a vibrant mixed use urban community.
• The planning and land use protocols at Subi Centro are focused on ensuring the
development reflects attributes of Subiaco. Design Guidelines ensure that individual
expression and the ‘traditional’ style of Subiaco co-exist.
• The urban design and planning of Subi Centro incorporates:
o Neighbourhood design
o Design of specific land uses
o Environmental assessment
o Resource efficiency
o Urban landscape
o Movement / car parking
o Public art
• Residential precincts have been designed to create interactive neighbourhoods within
Subi Centro. These include Subiaco Rise, Subiaco Gardens, Centro Place and Subiaco
Park, which are integrated with areas of landscaping and public open space.