Council pushes for $4.5m underground car park and courts

A concept image unveiled for Subiaco Oval and PMH.
A concept image unveiled for Subiaco Oval and PMH.

A $4.5 million underground carpark and six recreation sports courts could be built next to Bob Hawke College in Subiaco.

City of Subiaco will consider building a community facility, as part of the Subi East development, which could include a basement car park with 140 bays, sports courts, gym and leisure community facilities.

Mayor Penny Taylor said the development would provide a short-term solution to parking pressure in the area.

“The sports courts atop the carpark would create an additional 6500 sqm (0.65 hectares) of active recreation space which is one of the main community priorities for the redevelopment,” she said.

“Securing land for active open space and a bonus underground carpark at this early stage of master planning will leverage the existing basement and earthworks currently under way.”

The City undertook a feasibility study earlier this year for the construction of an underground carpark with hard courts on the rooftop.

The study included concept plans and an estimate cost of the construction of the development.

City of Subiaco chief executive Rochelle Lavery said the City would be looking at a shared-user agreement with Bob Hawke College for use of the courts.

“By activating the rooftop of the carpark we can maximise use of the space and share the courts with the school, which would help fund the construction” she said.

The next step for the City will be to conduct traffic and parking modelling and begin negotiations with LandCorp to secure tenure of the land, and the Department of Education to secure a funding commitment for construction.