Freo's View

ENJOY THE SUN WHILE IT LASTS!

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, heritage, Uncategorized by freoview on October 16, 2018

 

colourful west end

 

 

We have two hot days ahead of us before it gets colder and the rain will be back on Thursday, so make the best of the good weather while you can.

This colourful photo I took on Monday is all about Freo; heritage, colour, art, sun, people, alfresco.

Roel Loopers

OLD AND NEW AT FREMANTLE’S KINGS SQUARE

 

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The demolition of the Fremantle council buildings at Kings Square continues. It looks pretty impressive with the new buildings rising behind it.

Great to see that the eastern wall of the Townhall has been well preserved.

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE HERITAGE PATTERNS

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, heritage, historic, photography, Uncategorized by freoview on October 15, 2018

 

heritage patterns

 

There is always something new to discover in Fremantle when one is observant. I took this photo today of the heritage patterns at the Warders Cottages in Henderson Street.

Roel Loopers

URBAN INFILL DEMANDS NOISE PROTECTION MEASURES

 

One of only two agenda items for the Strategic Planning and Transport Committee on Wednesday will be the community consultation paper put out by the WA Planning Commission-WAPC about noise in entertainment areas such as Northbridge, and the question if Fremantle Council should consider asking the WAPC to include the Fremantle CBD in the trial.

Medium and high density urban infill has seen a rise in complaints in recent years from residents who are not happy with the noise from entertainment venues and transport, but the entertainment industry believes it is not fair that the onus should only be on them and that it should be shared with developers of new residential buildings, which should be required to put better noise insulation measures, such as double glazing and thicker glass in their developments.

I remember many years ago that when the new apartments opposite Clancy’s were built that it only took one week before the first complaint was made about live music there, although the tavern had been having regular live concerts for many many years.

In Fremantle where we are going to see a glut of new residential apartments and hotel rooms, combined with new taverns and bars, it is essential to also protect the livelihood of the hospitality industry and demand new buildings that have better noise protection for their users.

Roel Loopers

GREAT FREO BOUTIQUE HOTEL

Posted in accommodation, architecture, art, bar, city of fremantle, food, history, hospitality, hotel, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on October 13, 2018

 

 

National Hotel owner Karl Bullers gave me a quick preview of the new rooftop bar and twelve boutique hotel rooms and I left very impressed.

The rooftop bar will no doubt become one of Fremantle’s favourites, with sweeping views over the port, the historic West End and all over the city. The weather was very dull yesterday, so my photos unfortunately don’t do justice to the magnificence of it.

The hotel rooms are all individually styled with handmade furniture by Clint of Port Jarrah, which is just down the road from the hotel in High Street.

The rooms are really cosy and homely, some have views to the port, others over the city. The TVs are internet connected, there are bath tubs in some and twin showers in others, so recommend them to visitors who want something special smack bang in the middle of our beautiful city.

Noise insulation and double glazed windows are all there to ensure absolute comfort for hotel guests.

There are very good paintings along the corridors by local artists, which are for sale, and the National Hotel does not charge commission so is supporting our local creatives

The rooftop bar will officially open on Melbourne Cup Day but Karl Bullers told me that if the weather is fine next weekend he will give it a soft opening to see how it all goes.

It is a great new addition to Fremantle by an owner who has clearly got faith in Freo’s future.

Roel Loopers

This post is a community service and not an advertorial. I do not accept advertising, payment or gifts for my blog posts.

 

MASTER OF ARCHITECTURE AT NOTRE DAME UNIVERSITY

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, design, education, notre dame university, Uncategorized by freoview on October 13, 2018

 

Fremantle’s Notre Dame University will have a dedicated Design Studio located on the University’s Campus in which students will participate in project-based learning that have social and environmental impact within the City.

Master of Architecture, will begin in Semester One next year with a two-year program open to graduates holding a bachelor degree in architecture, interior architecture or an equivalent qualification.

The program is designed specifically to allow students to work part time in the field while undertaking supervised placements with Notre Dame’s professional partners.

The Master of Architecture will benefit from the distinctive elements of the Notre Dame experience: small class sizes; research-led teaching, high employability through engagement with industry, professional skills development; and ethical, values-driven curriculum.

Many of the key challenges of contemporary society – such as sustainability, housing affordability, ageing-in-place and community building – will underpin the studios within the program.

A second, three-year program, the Master of Architecture (Extended), will be open to high-achieving graduates who hold a bachelor degree in another discipline area such as arts, planning, fine art, design, environmental science, archaeology or history.

Entry to both programs will be based on a portfolio interview.

 

Roel Loopers

SPARE ME THE KINGS SQUARE SPIN

 

While I am always happy to be corrected when I am wrong in fact, and happy to correct mistakes I make on this blog, I am not impressed to be told by the City of Fremantle that I am wrong on the timeline for the Kings Square Redevelopment Project and that the City supposedly had been consistent in saying completion would be in 2020.

I got the articles below on Google from different sources, which confirms that what I published this morning is correct and that the City of Fremantle and Sirona Capital have stated that the project would be completed by the end of 2019.

Here some samples of publications about it:

Sirona Capital has appointed Australian tier-one contractor Probuild to deliver the Kings Square Fremantle project.

The $220 million Kings Square Fremantle project will deliver 25,800sqm of new commercial office and retail space to Fremantle’s CBD plus a new $50m administration and civic centre for the City of Fremantle.

Construction is expected to commence in August 2017 with completion due mid-2019.

And

Construction of the entire renewal project is expected to be completed in late 2019.

and more

The Kings Square revitalisation is the largest public-private infrastructure project in Fremantle’s history. It has been in motion for past six years, following Sirona’s acquisition of the Myer building in 2011. There is much excitement surrounding the project as it is expected to provide a much-needed boost to the local economy.

Construction is expected to be complete in late 2019.

and

On completion, more than 2000 people will be working in Kings Square, representing a 13% boost in the number of workers in the Fremantle city centre. This will include more than 1500 State Government employees who will relocate to Kings Square Fremantle from early 2020, following fit-out.

Construction of Kings Square Fremantle is expected to be completed in late 2019. State Government agencies will commence occupancy from early 2020.

 

I am happy to correct any mistakes I make, City of Fremantle, but please spare me the spin!

 

A pretty pissed off Roel Loopers

WHY THE FREO CIVIC CENTRE DELAY?

 

Anyone who reads this blog knows that I am a supporter of the Fremantle Kings Square Redevelopment Project, so I am reluctant to post an article that can be perceived as being negative, but I was surprised to hear at a traders information meeting at the Federal Hotel last evening that the completion of the new civic centre building is now estimated to be the first half of 2020.

I am very certain that from the start we were told that the Sirona Capital redevelopment of the former Myer and Queensgate buildings and the City of Fremantle civic centre would be coordinated and finish at the same time, because the civic centre is a smaller building that would require less time to be built. So what then is the reason for a six months delay when the whole project was due to be finished by the end of 2019, and why has the City of Fremantle not been transparent about this? I am personally disappointed about the delay and the lack of transparency.

The second council building at Newman Court will be demolished by the end of October and a special council meeting is scheduled for October 31 to approve a tender to build the new civic centre. That special council meeting was scheduled some weeks ago but then cancelled, and we don’t know why that was either. PLEASE communicate CoF. Transparency is the enemy of conspiracy!

It will take about 12 months to prepare a replacement mature Moreton Bay fig tree for the Christmas tree and it might have to be lowered from a helicopter. Now that would be exciting!

There will be a big radio campaign for Christmas Support Freo Now! and the Queensgate carpark will open three levels and 470 car bays by the end of October.

Nightwork-till midnight-will have to be done on the former Myer building to put structural steel in to support the new additional level. This is done to have less impact on local traders during the daytime.

Roel Loopers

GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN FREO CIVIC CENTRE

 

 

The City of Fremantle civic centre building at Kings Square is almost gone, but the bigger one at William Street and Newman Court will still have to be demolished next.

At the new building on the former Queensgate site only one more floor needs to be added until we can see the moderate five-storey height of the building.

Here some progress photos I took at around 4pm on Wednesday.

Roel Loopers

DEMOLITION OF FREO’S CIVIC CENTRE

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, history, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on October 10, 2018

 

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This is what the City of Fremantle’s civic centre at Kings Square looked like late yesterday afternoon. Demolition of the buildings will continue today, so very soon we will see building activity happening on the Kerry Hill architects designed new civic centre, which is due for completion late next year.

Roel Loopers

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