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UGLY NOTRE DAME HIGH STREET DEVELOPMENT

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, development, notre dame university by freoview on January 19, 2017

Fremantle Notre Dame University has submitted their very disappointing building plans for 3 High Street on the corner of Cliff Street to the City of Fremantle.

The very boring and ugly five storey building will house the Nursing School, a theatre and a bar, but in my opinion it is absolutely inappropriate for Fremantle’s historically significant heritage-listed West End.

This proposal is utter boredom and lazy architecture that does not compliment, reference or respect surrounding heritage buildings and the close proximity to Western Australia’s oldest public building the Roundhouse.

UNDA has decided to go straight to the State’s Joint Development Advisory Panels which is also disappointing.

There will be a community session at the Townhall (back steps near Many 6160) on Thursday February 2 from 5.30-6 pm and written submissions to council need to be in by February 13. Please write in and tell UNDA we want beautiful buildings in our West End and not the ugly rubbish they are proposing.

To view the plans and pictures click on the Community Engagement page of the City of Fremantle website.

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  1. bigjulie said, on January 21, 2017 at 1:09 pm

    Design competitions are not new. Think of the pleasure this building and Winthrop Hall have given because of Frank Glennon, an architect big enough to share the opportunity for design contribution. Below is a quote from a google search on Gleddon and Glennon. Glennon, as an aside, was my cousin’s uncle.

    “Construction of the Gleddon Building commenced on 25 March 1937 under the supervision of the Clerk of Works, Frank Glennon. During the course of construction, in August, Cutt ordered extra steel beams, and extended the formwork for the columns to increase the height of the building.

    It was about that time, when the University Senate decided to incorporate decorative friezes in the Gledden Building as a feature. UWA launched a competition in September 1937, for artists to design a frieze characteristic of Western Australia, incorporating flora, fauna, bird and fish life. The frieze was to be in the ground floor retail arcade. The competition, while being broadly promoted, was also kept local with all nineteen entrants being resident in Western Australia. George Benson won the competition with Clem Kennedy winning second prize, and William G Bennett taking third place.

    All three prize winning friezes were incorporated into the building, and each artist, in addition to the prize money, was engaged to execute their respective works.

    By May 1938, the building tenants were in residence, and the architect was required to give attention to matters not included in the overall construction. However, as early as December 1938, ground floor tenants were experiencing trade problems, and Joseph Charles, the managing agent, recommended the removal of the arcade stairs, which subsequently took place in 1939. Plans for the removal of the arcade stairs also show a proposed additional staircase to the basement, but there is no evidence to indicate that it was constructed.

    After the completion of Gledden Building, the University Senate established committee rooms in Gledden Building and the University Adult Education branch operated from the building. The Vice Chancellor was personally responsible for the Institution of Engineers Australia (WA Division), establishing their chambers in the Gledden Building, which was also used by the Royal Australian Institute of Architects.

  2. David. said, on January 21, 2017 at 10:14 am

    NDA needs to comply like everybody else.

  3. bigjulie said, on January 21, 2017 at 7:39 am

    To launch a competition for a design exterior is a well practice innovation. A young designer can win $6000 designing an underground bathhouse to be used by North and South Koreans to foster good vibs at the DMZ… and on it goes. See other architectural competitions promising fame not buckets of money:
    http://inhabitat.com/designcompetitions/architecture/

  4. Suzanne said, on January 21, 2017 at 5:01 am

    Notre Dame had a public meeting where they were re-advised on height restrictions and the heritage precinct therefor responsibility. All necessities they should have known before they created yet another boring giant box.
    They have treated historic Fremantle with utter distain.
    There was the opportunity to maintain an Oxford/Cambridge City classic style but the architects and those who have agreed to the ugly monstrosity are untalented embarrassments.
    Shame shame shame

  5. bigjulie said, on January 20, 2017 at 4:44 am

    I agree with your trepidation about the aesthetics of that SketchUp building. It is as horrid as a pug dog’s face. Not one item of interest; just a shoe box with some lumps, dings and rafters. How mundane and forgettable. Having the stairs at the point of interest is so adventurous and quaint yet it wastes the prime spot for a lounge or artistic expression of a nautical theme? That precious West End should be ancient mathematical designs in limestone. Façade designs should be selected via a national competition for budding artists and architects. Even if the prize was $5, the prestige of victory would warrant the artist’s effort. Win/Win.


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