Malaysian property developer UEM Sunrise has expanded into the Western Australian residential market with the $22.185 million acquisition of a development site in Perth’s Subiaco East area.

The developer has purchased Lots 1 and 2 of The Oval precinct at Subiaco East from DevelopmentWA and plans to build two landmark apartment buildings.

Plans for the upcoming mixed-use residential precinct will include the delivery of dual towers with about 430 apartments across Lot 1 and Lot 2, subject to development approval.

The project will also include up to 12% affordable housing, with construction expected to commence in 2026.

The 4,930sqm site is located just two kilometres from Perth’s thriving CBD on Subiaco Road and Haydn Bunton Drive.

Subiaco is a suburb renowned for its eclectic architecture, quaint and leafy residential streets, premier shopping, and multicultural dining scene.

Within walking distance of the Subiaco entertainment precinct and West Leederville neighbourhood, it is also surrounded by approximately seven hectares of public open space.

The Subiaco Train Station and West Leederville Train Station are only a short eight minutes walk away, offering easy connectivity to the CBD, airport, and surrounding suburbs.

The project is part of the state’s most significant urban redevelopment at the iconic former Subiaco Oval.

The deal marks UEM Sunrise’s first Australian acquisition outside of Melbourne.

UEM Sunrise Chief Executive Officer Sufian Abdullah said that the company was thrilled to secure the prized site and expand its presence in the Australian market.

“We are delighted to work with DevelopmentWA on this landmark project as our first venture in Western Australia’s residential market,” he said.

“Following the success of our projects in Melbourne, we are also pleased to be able to bring our local and global expertise to deliver a high-quality residential precinct that will complement Subiaco Oval’s rich heritage and landscape.”

“We have been actively looking at investing in Perth for some time – with strong fundamentals underpinning the economy, a lower housing entry point compared to other capital cities, and some of the best prospects for capital gains in Australia, this development represents a fantastic opportunity to deliver new housing supply at scale and generate greater investment for the city. We look forward to working with DevelopmentWA, local stakeholders and the community on next steps for this exciting project.”

DevelopmentWA Acting Chief Executive Officer, Dean Mudford, said this was a major milestone for one of WA’s most significant redevelopment projects, which will deliver much-needed new housing supply and support the revitalisation of the Subiaco town centre and West Leederville activity centre.

“Having delivered over 1,650 apartments in Melbourne, UEM Sunrise has demonstrated its commitment to delivering diverse, quality homes in Australia,” Mr Mudford said.

“The design concepts presented for Lots 1 and 2 at The Oval incorporate elements that celebrate the rich history of Subiaco and will complement the public realm around the iconic Subiaco Oval. We are delighted that UEM Sunrise has successfully secured this opportunity and look forward to working with them on bringing this project to life.”