Future of Anzac House in City of Perth council’s hands with demolition of building looming


Artist’s impression of the proposed new RSL WA building.
Artist’s impression of the proposed new RSL WA building.

PERTH’S central RSL building – Anzac House – could be demolished and replaced with a 10-level mixed-use building, used primarily by the Returned and Services League WA Club and Offices.

The prominent art deco building on the corner of St George’s Terrace and Hay Street has served as an RSL Club since its construction in 1934.

City of Perth staff recommended the demolition and new building to the City’s planning committee, which voted in favour of recommending that council approve the project.

The development, if approved by council, will be subject to a series of conditions, including plans to ensure the archival record of Anzac House is preserved appropriately.

According to City staff, the new building has been designed to represent the RSL WA as well as an “abstract” tribute to the current art deco structure.

The building seeks to capitalise on the views across to the Government House gardens and Swan River by using a large expanses of glass on the southern elevation.

The ground level will contain a cafe or restaurant located on the corner of St Georges Terrace and Irwin Street with an alfresco area on Irwin Street, an office or additional cafe or restaurant on St Georges Terrace, a bicycle storage facility containing 15 bicycle bays along with a shower block for cyclists, an entrance lobby and a concierge desk.

The first floor will house function and pre-function spaces and a kitchen while the second and third levels will accommodate three commercial office tenancies.

Floors four, five and six will also be devoted to the RSL WA.