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Posted in city of fremantle, development by freoview on March 3, 2015

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I know it is controversial and I too do not like the design of the building, but it is still good to see a substantial mix-use building going up in Fremantle, especially along Queen Victoria Street, that was an eyesore for years with car yards, etc.

I know most of us would like to see only stunning new buildings in Freo, but I fear that the attitude at the City of Fremantle is that they have to compromise to see any development at all happening.

W.A. is fast becoming the bland box building capital of Australia.

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  1. Jayne said, on March 6, 2015 at 2:44 am

    Love the tree plantings – thanks to the people who got that done. By the way, will the trees near Bread in Common be retained when that soulless block of apartments is built? The Plane trees planted in Northbridge a few years ago have dramatically improved the place so here’s hoping we will one day have more tree canopy in Freo.

  2. Colin Nichol said, on March 5, 2015 at 5:16 pm

    Were they not to shed their leaves, the trees might die from accumulated pollution on them, mostly from vehicles. That’s why, apart from attractiveness, they seem to so frequently be the first resort for street plantings. And on another point from earlier, it’s not only the tree I am concerned about but the combined impact of large planted densities of them.

  3. Lionel said, on March 5, 2015 at 8:24 am

    Plane tree are used all around the world in big cities because they are resistant to pollution thanks to the fact that they shed their bark. They also look nice.

  4. Andrew Sullivan said, on March 4, 2015 at 4:36 pm

    Colin, there are very few deciduous trees that grow well in our terrible coastal soil. Happy for you to offer suggestions for something else that works well. That said, there is probably a good reason these trees are used so extensively around the world and in many a great city. Yep, big trees can be messy and even intrusive but they also do wonders for the heat island affect. Also, as they say, “doctors can bury their mistakes, architects have to plant trees”. I’m a hay fever sufferer and I’m not convinced that plane trees deserve all of or even a large proportion of the blame – I first heard that being touted by those wanting gum trees planted in our inner city streets.

  5. Colin Nichol said, on March 4, 2015 at 12:35 pm

    Plane trees: Beautiful one day, intrusive, messy and very allergenic the next. In my opinion and experience, a serious planting error by local authorities.

  6. freoishome said, on March 4, 2015 at 8:00 am

    See the ‘Warehouse Gym’ building has been sold corner of Hampton/Culver near Clontarf. Are there any development proposals linked to this sale?

  7. freoview said, on March 3, 2015 at 4:40 pm

    and maybe some of those blank walls could become artworks, Andrew.


  8. Andrew Sullivan said, on March 3, 2015 at 4:00 pm

    It certainly looks like a box from the side! In reality each of these blank parapet walls will ultimately be covered up by the next piece of infill – a bit like building terrace houses one by one. It may be a while before the new ‘teeth’ are added. In the meantime we are starting to reap the benefit of the timely planting of those London Plane trees that in a year or so will hide most of that side wall (in summer at least, less so in winter).

    In streetscapes like this one, we are looking for an avenue or boulevard effect. As such, each individual building may be less or more of an architectural masterpiece but it is the overall harmony of the built form that is most critical, except perhaps at key corners where very high quality should be essential. We can already see this in the West End where some older buildings are actually quite bland but they still offer up the right proportion, fenestration and string lines to harmonise with their more dynamic neighbours.

    I am eagerly waiting to see Defence Housing’s new proposal for the Young’s Toyota site. Also, I have recently heard that one of the previously approved proposals for Queen Victoria Street is moving closer to the building license stage. Likewise, the cottages in the shadow of Cantonment Hill are about to get their makeover.

    Exciting times for this part of our City.

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