Former Perth Girls’ School playing field at 20 Bronte Street goes to market

Strong demand expected for site with river and city views and three street frontages.

The second parcel of land at the historic site of the former Perth Girls’ School in East Perth has been offered for sale by the State Government.

The property at 20 Bronte Street, once used as a playing field for the school, has been listed with Colliers International and will be taken to market through an open market campaign that launches this week.

“This land offers a host of options, from commercial to residential to retail and represents a unique opportunity to develop in one of Perth’s most historic and elevated locations,” said selling agent Nicholas Agapitos.

“Along with three street frontages the 6265sqm property occupies the second highest spot in Perth, after Mount Eliza in Kings Park and has city, Swan River and Darling Scarp views.”

Colliers International negotiated the sale of the main site at the former Perth Girls’ School, the imposing building at 2 Wellington Street, in June.

It was purchased by a syndicate of local investors led by private fund manager Australian Development Capital.

The school operated at the East Perth sites from 1936 to 1962 and WA Police located to the heritage-listed school building in the 1960s and used the adjoining Bronte Street land for vehicle inspections and parking.

Bronte Street Perth

The Bronte Street land was also once part of a series of cemeteries in East Perth and is believed to contain graves dating back to around the 1830s.

According to the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage, human remains on the East Perth property will be in situ when the land is sold.

Remediation is to be guided by a Heritage Agreement and advice available from the Cemeteries Board and Heritage Council to prospective purchasers.

Mr Agapitos said the land was in a part of East Perth that had been earmarked for a major redevelopment.

“Located between Claisebrook Village and the MRA’s Riverside project, which will steer the redevelopment of the area around Gloucester Park, the WACA and Queens Gardens, this site will be sought-after by developers wanting to be part of the activation of East Perth,” he said.

“The property’s frontage to Bronte, Plain and Wickham streets, also makes it one of Perth’s most flexible sites.

“There is a CAT bus stop at the front of the property which will provide easy access into the CBD and it is walking distance to the soon to be completed Swan River Pedestrian Bridge which will start on nearby Nelson Avenue and connect people moving between East Perth, Burswood Peninsula and Perth Stadium.”

The property is surplus to Government’s operational requirements, therefore is being disposed to optimise its use and contribute to the activation of East Perth.

The property at 20 Bronte Street will be sold by offers invited which close on January 31.

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