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FREMANTLE’S STEEL CENTRE

 

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The steel structure of the new City of Fremantle Civic Centre is very impressive as it becomes bigger and higher.

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BUT WILL THE FREO HILTON BE BUILT?

 

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My hope that the Fremantle Hilton Doubletree hotel might be starting soon might well be premature, as I assumed the development application by the SKS Group is merely a modification and not an all new plan.

Unfortunately I have been advised by the City of Fremantle’s Planning Department that the application is a new one, and should it be approved by JDAP next year SKS would have to commence the development only within four years, and that is a very long way away for a development that is very significant for Fremantle.

SKD have been delaying the construction of the building reportedly because of de-watering problems on the Point Street site, where they wanted to have two basement carpark levels, but this new application would now give them the scope to delay by another four years, which would be extremely disappointing.

One can only hope that contractual arrangements with the Hilton hotel group will have a completion date for the hotel that is sooner, rather than much later. Time will tell.

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FREO’S NEW CIVIC CENTRE PROGRESS

 

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The latest photos of what the City of Fremantle new Civic Centre development at Kings Square looks like.

 

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MORE FREMANTLE CBD DEVELOPMENT STARTING

 

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Very good to see the start of another development in the Fremantle inner city, with builders McCorkell taken possession of the former Warders Cottages in Henderson Street next to the Fremantle Markets.

The site which is owned by the Hougoumont Hotel people will become a tiny boutique hotel and a tavern at the back between the cottages and the market.

At the former Energy Museum in Parry Street the Match group has put signs up that they will commence with the residential M/27 development there as well, and just down the road at Adelaide Street the Yolk property group has also indicated they will be starting with the Little Lane residential building soon as well.

If, as expected and I hope, Silverleaf Investments will get the go ahead for the Woolstores hotel development, that will also start in the first quarter of next year, so things are very much on the move in good old Freo!

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BIG FREMANTLE PARK COMMUNITY CLUBHOUSE

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, community, hospitality, local government, sport, Uncategorized by freoview on November 26, 2019

 

 

I was given a preview of the new Fremantle Park sport and community clubhouse this morning, which is under construction and will open in the first quarter of next year.

The $ 4.7 million development will house the Fremantle tennis, bowling and workers clubs, who will be sharing the space, and the building will also be made available to community groups.

The ground-level bowling and tennis club premises are quite modest in comparison to the upstairs space of the Fremantle Workers&Social club. The huge timber dance floor is rather ostentatious and designed with a lot of optimism. It can accommodate at least a hundred dancers. Time will tell if this is over the top and if the clubs will really be able to generate enough interest from the general public to make it all financially viable.

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MANY CHANGES IN FREMANTLE

Posted in architecture, backpackers, city of fremantle, heritage, Uncategorized by freoview on November 17, 2019

 

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The former Commercial Hotel in Freo’s High Street, now known at the Sundance Backpackers, has lost its veranda posts. I don’t know if they will be replaced, but they should be reinstalled.

Down the road on the corner of Henry Street former Councillor Gorman has been sandblasting the facade of the long neglected building and I hear he will be putting the bullnose veranda back.

There is a lot happening in Fremantle.

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FREO’S BEAUT MARKET STREET

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, heritage, shopping, Uncategorized by freoview on November 16, 2019

 

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A photo of Fremantle’s Market Street I took at 6.45am this morning.

Come do your Christmas shopping in beautiful Freo!

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HOW DO WE DEFINE VERY FREO?

 

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Quite a few people criticising the new Woolstores plans on social media say it is not very Fremantle, so when are we going to define what very Fremantle is, and who is going to make that judgment?

Is modern and daring architecture not very Freo? Is anything taller than five storeys not very Freo? Is mock heritage very Freo? What is very Freo when it comes to new and existing buildings?

We can all and always argue about taste because we all have a different opinion about what beauty is, but what makes a building very Freo?

A well-known Cottesloe architect said on Facebook some weeks ago that the architects who designed the Kings Square buildings did not get the Fremantle context, so what is the Fremantle context when we talk about architecture, and how can the state make planning rules, so that our Council and state agencies such as JDAP and SAT understand what very Freo development should be?

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FREO’S GORGEOUS HISTORIC WEST END

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, heritage, Uncategorized by freoview on November 6, 2019

 

 

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Henry Street in Fremantle’s historic West End has some beautiful buildings.

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FREO’S SILVERLEAF LINING

 

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The centre core of the new City of Fremantle Civic Centre is now clearly visible when one looks at it from the first floor of the Fremantle Mall in William Street. The core will allow daylight to flood down into the basement library and surroundings.

Over the road the redevelopment of the Manning’s Chambers by Silverleaf Investments is also progressing well and it looks great. I hear that it also looks stunning inside the building with all new handmade window frames for the offices there which are already leased to 80%.

Silverleaf Investments is one of the major players in Fremantle and often gets a lot of criticism, but I believe while the community and Council always will have to demand top quality development we also have to acknowledge how significant all the Silverleaf development is for our city.

Silverleaf is developing the Woolstores, Manning’s Chambers, the Police&Justice complex and will no doubt also make changes to the Newport hotel they own, so this family business is very important for Fremantle and should be respected for that.

The Yolk Property group is also playing a part in Fremantle’s renaissance with the Little Lane development next to Target, and if the SKS Group finally makes a move on the Hilton Double Tree hotel development the inner city of Fremantle will be substantially modernised to attracts more people to live, work and visit. Bring it on!

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