General Demolition FAQs

What is being demolished?

The majority of the ageing infrastructure at Subiaco Oval is being removed, including the grandstands, light towers, car parks, the Subiaco Sports Bar and associated buildings. The historic playing surface will be reinstated following demolition and will be made accessible for shared use. The State heritage listed entry gates will be preserved, while the Sandover Medal walk has been carefully removed and stored, with relocation or reinterpretation opportunities within the redevelopment area to be explored through the master planning for Subi East.

Why is this happening?

The grandstands cannot be readily adapted to alternative uses that would contribute to achievement of the redevelopment vision for Subi East. The nature of the grandstand structures and their specific built-for purpose construction type mean there is limited ability for reuse or adaption, based upon a technical and commercial evaluation undertaken including architectural, engineering and cost estimate advice.

Removal of the ageing infrastructure will make way for future redevelopment. While the historic playing surface will be reinstated, the surrounds will be redeveloped as part of the State Government’s Subi East project, which will transform the north east corner of Subiaco to create a vibrant new education, leisure, residential and community destination on the edge of Perth’s CBD.

What will be built on the site?

The demolition is to facilitate the future development of the Subiaco Oval site and surrounding lands into a mixed use development that will maximise proximity to existing transport infrastructure, where of people can will live, work, recreate and relax.

Subi East will be characterised by outstanding design and architecture that respects the historical significance of the area and reflects the character of Subiaco.

The precinct will be planned around the concept of “city village community living” with a multipurpose oval/public open space at its heart and transitioning through to higher density urban village housing that will rejuvenate the area and help drive the local economy.

Not only will the Subi East project retain the most significant heritage structures, it will also feature interpretation of the cultural and historical heritage of the site for the enjoyment of all the Subiaco community and visitors to the area.

How long will demolition take?

Onsite demolition commenced in July 2019 and the majority of works are expected to be completed by Christmas 2019.

What will happen with the materials that are being demolished?

Up to 95% of the demolition material will be recovered for reuse or recycling in other areas, such as road construction. Some items and materials from the building have already been allocated to local community groups for re-use.

How close are works coming to my house?

The Subi East Redevelopment comprises 35.6 hectares of land that is adjacent to several existing residential properties. The redevelopment will be guided by a Construction Management Plan that will minimise the impacts of construction activities on:

  • Neighbours
  • Nearby residents and businesses
  • Users of public footpaths and roads
  • Parking in the vicinity of the site
  • Surrounding streets used to access the site

How is the community being engaged during the demolition process?

The community has the opportunity to engage and stay informed in a number of ways. These include newsletters, media advertising, project updates via LandCorp’s Have Your Say site and a dedicated project information line. There is also a Community Reference Group of local residents and key stakeholders advising the project and LandCorp on issues relevant to the community.

The community will have further opportunity to be engaged during the master planning process.

Have dilapidation (property) surveys been carried out for nearby properties?

Yes. Extensive dilapidation surveys were undertaken of surrounding buildings prior to demolition works commencing.

Who owns Subiaco Oval?

The site is owned by the State Government.

Who do I contact if I have experience any issues associated with demolition?

Throughout the project lifetime, there will be a dedicated Project Information Line on 1800 430844, which will be available 24/7 for any concerns or enquiries.  Contact can also be made via email by emailing

Culture and Heritage

How will you ensure appropriate care is taken with this culturally sensitive site?

Prior to demolitoin, a full archival record was  prepared, guided by the State Heritage Office guidelines. This archival record represents a record of Subiaco Oval and its surrounds and includes archival material as well as photographs and plans of its current form.

LandCorp has engaged with the Whadjuk Working Party to obtain direct input into how Aboriginal culture will be incorporated in the future Subi East project area and what opportunities there will be for continued engagement in the project.

What will happen with the heritage listed gates and turnstiles and other cultural heritage elements of Subiaco Oval?

The 1935 State heritage listed entry gates to the southern perimeter of the oval are intended to be conserved and retained, and will be incorporated into any new development in the area. In addition, the Sandover Medal Walk will be carefully removed for posterity, and the iconic playing surface reinstated for community use.

A Conservation Management Plan has been prepared to fully document the gates, their history, condition and essential conservation works. The Conservation Policy will also help inform their integration into new developments and contexts.

A Heritage Protection Plan to protect the gates during demolition has also been prepared.

Vibrations, Air Quality, Noise & Asbestos

I can feel vibrations, should I be worried?

During the construction works, residents in proximity may feel vibration. Vibration is the movement of the ground. Where this does occur, it may result in doors, windows, glassware and ceramics vibrating.

Vibrations rarely cause damage to structures. Humans are however more sensitive to vibration and can detect very low vibration levels. This is also a subjective issue with some people being more affected than others.

If you have concerns, please call the Project Information Line on 1800 430 844 or email

How is the contractor managing vibrations?

We have developed a Vibration Management Plan to regulate and manage vibrations generated by construction activity. This plan includes maximum vibration limits near residential and business structures. We have also installed a vibration monitor in a strategic location to monitor vibrations and ensure they are within a "safe" zone.

How is the project managing dust?

The contractor is minimising dust impact by using dust mesh on scaffolding and fencing, staging demolition work, extensively using water to control dust at active demolition fronts, and regular street sweeping and washing. Four dust monitors are in place around the stadium site to ensure compliance with the relevant National Standards.

If you have concerns, please call the Project Information Line on 1800 430 844 or email

I have too much dust in my house because of the works

Please contact our Information Line on 1800 430 844 and provide us with your email, phone number and address and someone will be in contact with you. Alternatively email us at

Is asbestos being removed from the Oval? And if so, how are you removing it from the site?

All known asbestos was safely removed from the Subiaco Oval grandstands prior to mechanical demolition of the stadium commencing.


How will demolition of Subiaco Oval affect traffic in the area?

A Traffic Management Plan has been prepared by the contractor and approved by the City of Subiaco to manage interface issues between construction traffic and other road users. The management plan outline hours of operation and routes to be taken by construction traffic.

With construction of the Bob Hawke College already well underway, it is anticipated there will be an increase in traffic on Roberts Road as materials are exported from Subiaco Oval. Locals and general users area encouraged to allow for additional time when travelling through the area and may wish to consider alternative routes.

Where will contractors park during the project?

Contractor parking has been arranged on-site and the former Princess Margaret Hospital site.

Will the footpaths be closed to pedestrians/cyclists?

Footpaths on the southern side of Subiaco Road and the northern side of Roberts Road have been temporarily closed to ensure a safe pedestrian environment and  to minimise interaction between construction traffic and pedestrians/cyclists. 

How can I get information of any road closures that may be happening?

Road closures are not anticipated during the redevelopment. However, we may need to temporarily use traffic management to move larger equipment to and from the site.