City of Subiaco councillors award tender for first phase of SubiPop project to revitalise public spaces

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Subiaco Council has awarded a nearly $500,000 tender to complete the first stage of plans to breathe new life into three public spaces around Rokeby Road.

Councilors unanimously approved the award of a $477,304 tender to BOS Civil on Tuesday to revamp the Subiaco Postal Walk with improvements to follow at Forrest Walk and the new Station Walk to the north from the station.

The project dubbed SubiPOP – Subi Public Open Places – aims to create new places to interact, sit and eat within the compound by improving the “materiality and functionality” of the main walkways, according to a city report.

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It comes after the public called for more ‘places to sit and connect’, ‘moments of play’ and ‘activation and vibrancy in the city centre’ in the 2019 Subiaco city plan -2022 and the city’s MARKYT 2019 community scorecard.

Improvements to the Postal Walk will include a large terrace to protect the ghost gum tree in the center of the walkway, the reworking of existing planters, new garden beds, lighting and pavement.

Artist's impression of improvements to the Postal Promenade.
Camera iconArtist’s impression of improvements to the Postal Promenade. Credit: City of Subiaco
Subiaco Postal Promenade.
Camera iconSubiaco Postal Promenade. Credit: Google Maps

Three public art elements were part of the original tender but were removed due to cost, with the city having to handle funding separately, according to a city report.

It will include the reinterpretation of existing artwork, the installation of a new gate to the Post Office courtyard, and two arched entrance statements at the east end of the Postal Drive.

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