Plans to retain parts of the historic venue beyond the heritage-listed entry gates, floated by the McGowan Government last week, were branded unfeasible in a development application submitted to the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority by contractor Element.
The proposal includes removing the Sandover Medal Walk tiles and placing them in storage, as well as ripping up and relaying the surface of the oval, which will be kept as public open space linked to a new inner-city college being built next door.
The stadium structure appears set to be replaced by housing and commercial development as part of the Subiaco Metronet precinct.
The document says the age of the existing structures meant they would require extensive capital works if retained.
“A sporting ground and associated facilities are designed for a specific function and would be hard to adapt for alternative uses,” the submission on behalf of Landorp reads.
“Sections of the grandstand development, e.g. the offices and function spaces, could be retained and continue to operate in a similar function but due to the distinctive curved design of the facilities and the integral stadium seating, it will be difficult to retain and incorporate into a new development.”