An Australian-first concept for the post-football future of Subiaco Oval, the Subi Surf Park idea is a joint venture between architects MJA Studio and international surf park company Wave Park Group.
MJA studio began work on this proposal after receiving a letter inviting participation in a community survey from the local council in anticipation of the closure of the cities primary football stadium.
“Our response to the survey took the form of a schematic proposal based around the principles of: inclusivity, expanded public space and access, accessibility, recreation and recognition of heritage,” says James Thompson, Creative Director of MJA Studio.
Designated as a “Core Activity Centre” in the State Government’s key planning policy Perth & Peel @3.5M, the State Heritage Register has three listings for the site – two for the playing field and one for the 1935 gates.
While a masterplanning study is currently underway for its surrounds, there is no vision yet for Subiaco Oval.
The general consensus on uses for the north Subiaco urban design study points to a demand for sport, open space and mixed use.
Surfing is the second most popular aquatic sport in Australia behind swimming and has higher participation rates than cricket in WA.
“Subi Surf Park will deliver the highest quality man made waves on the planet, and the most authentic surfing experience for new and existing surfers of all ages, experience and ability,” James said.
The proposal sees the replacement of the oval with a body of water, the incorporation of ground level and elevated public space (which will also create a hill for Subiaco), plus markets, hospitality venues, and a home for the WA Football Hall of Fame.
There is scope for up to 220 dual aspect apartments, a link to a true market square, and the opportunity for 52 new terrace homes.
It’s important to note that the surf park lagoon is equivalent in dimension to both lakes at Hyde Park. “Once the lagoon has been filled the water required per annum is equitable to what is currently used on the existing stadiums lawn.”
For updates on this groundbreaking proposal, watch this space.