Miu Miu plans to strut into Perth by opening a boutique on the ground floor of a century-old building at 44 King Street.
From the 1990s until early this year the building had been occupied by the now-defunct, and once chic, King Street Cafe.
Building owner Glenbrook Pty Ltd says demolishing the pictured staircase is a condition of the lease it has negotiated with Miu Miu which wants to give the building’s rustic ground floor a modern overhaul.
Glenbrook wants to instal an elevator, and new stairs, which it says will make the old stairs redundant.
But Perth council planners have urged their political masters to refuse the stairway demolition.
The planners say the old staircase is an integral part of the building which is on the council’s heritage register.
“In addition, the city is yet to receive and assess and formal development application for the new internal fit-out of the ground and first floor levels,” the planners advise.
“Any proposed branding should be adapted to fit in with the characters and features of the heritage listed building and the tenancy fit-out designed to incorporate the stairs in-situ.”