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Posted in city of fremantle, development, heritage, notre dame university by freoview on November 19, 2016




I am deeply disappointed that Fremantle Notre Dame University has decided to go ahead with the application for approval of a five-storey building on the corner of Cliff and High streets in the historic West End of town, and that they have not made any changes and compromises after the community consultation session last month.

Up until now I genuinely believed that UNDA had the best interest of Fremantle at heart, but it appears that they are just another organisation only interested in making money and not caring one iota about the damage the building will do to the appearance of the heritage-listed West End.

I feel personally taken for granted after submitting ideas for changes to the plans, set-backs, corner, etc. but that has all been ignored, presumably by the architects who believe they know everything better and who show little respect for Freo’s unique heritage character with this boring uninspiring building that lacks creative ideas.

While I appreciate very much that Vice Chancellor Professor Celia Hammond made the effort to attach a personal note to the letter I received from UNDA I do not believe that “We have spent the time since the community session carefully considering all community feedback and comment, re-examining our proposal and reviewing the expert advice received during the design and development stages.”

Fact is that UNDA was unwilling to compromise and will now try to ram through a highly inappropriate building in our heritage precinct, and hence they will lose my support and I will no longer promote UNDA events on Freo’s View or report about them.

I also want to point out to Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt and the Councillors that you can not be prominent in the media all the time saying that you want to protect the West End while creating new density infill in the East End, but then approve buildings like this one by the university. This is an unacceptable proposal and needs to be rejected. Your overpaid Design Advisory Panel should have put the boot in before it progressed so far.

I  am very passionate about Fremantle’s heritage and will personally actively oppose at the October 2017 election the re-election of sitting members who approve this building and will use this very popular blog to make sure we will get people elected on Council who show more respect for Fremantle’s heritage!

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  1. caroline said, on November 21, 2016 at 9:39 pm

    Pete’s wrap around idea is great. They could get away with a lot if they did that at ground level.

  2. Pete said, on November 19, 2016 at 9:11 pm

    Why not extend and repeat the old wall and wrap it around the corner into High Street. Then incorporate that as the frontage of a new building behind.

  3. freoview said, on November 19, 2016 at 2:33 pm

    Yes I totally agree with your assessment, as it is mine as well Jean-mic.

    I have asked the City of Fremantle for years to enforce 3D plans so the community can understand them better, but lazy artist’s impressions are not on and I told the architects and UNDA that at the community meeting last month.


  4. Jean-mic Perrine said, on November 19, 2016 at 11:57 am


    In an age of VIRTUAL everything, it is symptomatic of those who do not actually want the public to understand the true impact of a building to resort to an “artists impression” which is all this submission offered.

    I have dealt with heritage buildings for over 25 years. I say the following for one purpose only and it is not to gloat: From the Commonwealth Bank and GPO redevelopments in Forrest Place to the Heritage award winning projects of the Leederville Post Office and Box Building, City of Perth inaugural Heritage award winner for interpreting modernity in a historically sensitive manner. Of course I recently completed the celebrated Terrace Hotel in the city, revitalising one of Perths oldest residential buildings into a luxury hotel.

    I say the above to be able to give context to what I say now.

    The proposal by NDU is inappropriate, poorly conceived and disrespectful of a heritage precinct. What is sadder is that it has little original architectural merit and reminds me of the lazy days of the 70’s when this sort of sketch allowed monstrosity to mushroom in our historic precincts.

  5. Cate Rose said, on November 19, 2016 at 11:29 am

    Seriously? This is the best they could come up with? 🙄

  6. Steve said, on November 19, 2016 at 11:23 am

    It’s like they’re not even trying. Such a waste of a great lot. That building is totally uninspiring and out of place for Freo and in particular the west end. Gross waste of time, money, and opportunity.

  7. Colin Nichol said, on November 19, 2016 at 10:48 am

    The remnant, half-wrecked wall eclipses the new building. One or the other has to go.

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