■ 500 HAY STREET
Client: Dradgin Pte Ltd
Size of Development: 0.5 hectares
Cost: $100 million
Situated just 200 metres from Subiaco railway station, 500 Hay Street will be a landmark project in the heart of Subiaco. Offering a cosmopolitan mix of shopping, dining, cinemas, offices and a hotel, the development will offer an exciting new destination and strengthen connections between old and new Subiaco.
Dradgin engaged Rowe Group to coordinate a Development Application to demolish the cinema and construct a new 9-level retail, cinema and hotel complex, underpinned by a premium office building fronting Hay Street.
For these reasons, the project team had to convince the local community not only of the planning and design merits of the proposal, but of the substantial economic and social benefits that 500 Hay offered. Rather than ignoring the community’s desire for a local cinema to be retained, the development incorporates a contemporary, boutique cinema within the podium of the hotel. This presented a design challenge so the architect positioned the cinema above ground level and designed it with flat flooring to allow for possible changes in land use at a later date.
Another design challenge included incorporating all of the car parking and service vehicle loading bays at basement level, to enhance the interface of the development with the established streets surrounding the site. With one fully integrated access point to the basement, the edges of the site were activated with shop fronts, a public plaza and the lobby of the hotel.
Situated just 200 metres from Subiaco railway station and with a 220 room hotel, 10,000m2 of office floor space, and retail / cinema uses facing a new plaza, the development will inject much needed life into Subiaco and contribute to the local economy of the town centre.