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LATEST FROM KINGS SQUARE REDEVELOPMENT

 

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The latest look at the new Sirona Capital buildings along Fremantle’s William Street and Queen Street.

It is all part of the Kings Square Redevelopment Project with the new City of Fremantle civic centre building progressing well at Kings Square.

Roel Loopers

GREAT VIEWS FROM CANTONMENT HILL

 

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The walking trail at Cantonment Hill has received some TLC while the former Naval Stores renovations have been completed and are ready for the ENKEL group to move in at the start of the new financial year.

A universal access toilet has been added to the building and that will be available for those using the playground and for patrons of the planned cafe.

The Naval Stores building was built in the mid 1930s and is an example of Inter-War Functionalist architecture. It will be good to see it used again by the Fremantle community.

Cantonment Hill is one of the highest points in Fremantle and known by our Whadjuk Noongar people as Dweerdanup – Place of Dingo Spirit.

Great views from the lookout and from just below the former signal station to Fremantle Port and the Swan river. The signal station is now occupied by the Fremantle Volunteer Sea Rescue people.

Go and have a look!

Roel Loopers

QUARRY STREET DEVELOPMENT CHALLENGES

 

The first item on Wednesday’s Fremantle Council Strategic Planning and Transport Committee is an interesting and challenging one because it is about the City-owned properties 9-15 Quarry Street.

Proposals for the development of the sites have been controversial and not to the liking of local residents who want to retain the low-rise streetscape on the southern side of Quarry Street while it is more likeley that developers would want to build medium to high density there.

The officers recommend to:

Introduction of a uniform zoning of Mixed Use and residential density of R80 with a plot ratio of up to 1, across the lots.

Introduction of specific building height limits and setbacks, to reflect the site’s location and facilitate a transition between high and low density.

Introduction of policy controls to include specific boundary wall, overshadowing, interface and pedestrian access link controls.

Councillors and staff held an on-side workshop on April 1 this year and the agenda state that:

The following broad parameters were discussed at the informal Councillor workshop:

Priority for residential land use given the need to encourage more people to live near central Fremantle, without excluding the potential for a modest mixed use component;

A residential coding of a medium-high density (achieving an equal or greater yield to that under current zoning – previously estimated around 34 dwelling units – refer to December 2018 report);

Diversity of dwelling types is preferred but should not be prescribed beyond the new requirements recently introduced into the R-Codes Volume 2 by Design WA;

Building height up to 4 storeys (reflective of provisions already applicable to Lots 2 and 1 and its associated sub-area) in the centre of the site with lesser heights on the boundaries with existing low density residential (including that to the south-west);

A higher quality design outcome is desired on site, as far as this can be achieved through traditional planning processes (noting the much stronger emphasis on this aspect established in the new R-Codes Volume 2 by Design WA);

Existing vegetation should be encouraged to be retained but not be prescribed beyond the new requirements recently introduced into the R-Codes Volume 2 by Design WA;

There should be specific provision on where boundary walls should be permitted, along with minimum setbacks for upper floors to limit bulk and overshadowing on neighbouring properties;

Pedestrian access should be incorporated through the site to provide a connection to Fremantle Park and to potentially activate the ‘dead’ corner at the back of the site

The site walk-around reinforced local community concerns about excessive bulk and height, impacts on amenity, the suitability of the site to accommodate non-residential uses and concerns about design quality. Support was expressed for the proposed pedestrian connection into Fremantle Park.

There have been suggestions made to use the sites for age-care and affordable housing and Slavin Architects released plans on how good low-rise development could be achieved at Quarry Street.

The sites are very well located close to the railway station, high frequency buses, the Leisure Centre and Arts Centre, shopping, schools, Fremantle Park, Princess May Park, etc.

It will have to be seen if developers are interested at all as there are a lot of apartments still vacant at Heirloom and LIV and the proposed Hilton development could not manage any pre-sales of the apartments on offer there.

The residential development of the former  Energy Museum, which is very close to 9-15 Quarry Street has also not eventuated although the Match group has stated it will go ahead with it.

Any other ideas for the sites? Share it with the Freo community!

Roel Loopers

DIGGING FOR FREO’S NEW CIVIC CENTRE

 

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Fremantle’s hole in the ground is getting deeper. The excavation for the library part of the new Civic Centre at Kings Square is becoming more prominent by the day.

Roel Loopers

NOTRE DAME UNIVERSITY’S FRUSTRATING PROCRASTINATION

 

The news about substantial development at Curtin University should send a message to Fremantle’s Notre Dame University.

The Exchange Precint at Curtin will create a mini city with more student accommodation, shops, offices and even a hotel.

There has been a lot of talk at NDA about student accommodation and that the university is part of the Fremantle community but they are not walking the walk.

Notre Dame bought the large Customs House ‘precinct’ between Henry and Pakenham streets but we have not heard a single word about what they intend to do with it.

There have been constant promises of street activation of NDA owned buildings, but that too is just an irrelevant signature on a useless Memorandum of Understanding with the City of Fremantle.

The CODA Architects designed activation hubs are nowhere to be seen and there are no seats for all the students who just sit on the grass at Phillimore Street in between lectures.

The suggested creation of a relaxation park, where the carpark is on the corner of Cliff and High streets, has also not been realised, so all we are getting from NDA is procrastination and empty promises.

I have been a big supporter of our Freo uni but the status quo really is not good enough, and the new Vice Chancellor is still six months away, and he will first have to find his feet in the new position, so how much longer does the Fremantle community have to wait until NDA  shows they truly care about being part of our community?

Fremantle is struggling and needs all the support it can get. Student accommodation and street activation are part of that and need to be implemented by NDA with priority.

Roel Loopers

RUNNING WITH THIEVES FOR SOUTH FREMANTLE

Posted in brewery, city of fremantle, development, hospitality, tavern, Uncategorized by freoview on June 6, 2019

 

The City of Fremantle Planning Committee last night unanimously approved the long overdue development of the vacant Sealanes buildings between South Terrace and Marine Terrace in South Fremantle.

The 300 patron venue is proposed to operate as a high quality ‘gastro tavern’ incorporating a working boutique micro-brewery and micro-distillery offering patrons a mix of high quality beverage and dining and ‘cellar door’ in a casual, friendly atmosphere. It will be operated by Running With Thieves.

Alterations to the Marine Terrace and South Terrace frontages, including the provision of new doors, metal balustrades, alfresco bench seating, and new shop front windows will allow views across to South Beach.

Roel Loopers

FREO CBD DEVELOPMENTS PROGRESS

 

 

I had a look at the progress of two major Fremantle inner city developments at Kings Square and the Manning building and it was reassuring to see that things are going well and fast.

Contractors for Silverleaf Investment are working hard on creating the new tavern and micro brewery at the back of the Manning building, so that will be an exciting new addition to the Freo hospitality industry.

Here a few photos to see where they are at.

Roel Loopers

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WHAT IS GOOD TASTE IN BUILDING DESIGN?

 

I think all of us who often complain about the mediocre new architecture we are getting in Fremantle should be delighted that the new DESIGN WA guidelines will apply from today on, but I am quite skeptical about the impact it will have, because good design is like good taste. It is very personal and hard to quantify.

Often when I have slammed the design of buildings others have commented they liked what I believed was atrocious architecture, so why would expert panels be any different in their different taste and preferences? Who dictates what good taste and good design is?

The new DESIGN WA guidelines are all about aesthetics and a review panel of 50 people will decide which planning proposal is in good taste and which one is not. The design review panel comprises of people from architecture, urban design, planning, and landscape architects plus more from heritage, public health, sustainability and engineering. It will be near impossible to reach consensus in such a big group I fear, so Chair Geoff Warn, who is the WA Government Architect, will have a big job ahead of him.

DESIGN WA has got rid of the controversial R-Code system applied up to now, so I wonder if Fremantle and other local councils will also do that. I’ll ask the Fremantle Planning Department if changes will be made in that regard.

I believe that our cities and communities deserve much better design than what we largely have been getting lately, especially for substantial apartment and office buildings. Retaining the tree canopy or providing significant numbers of trees and plants and creating much better streetscapes and public realm will be a very positive step forward. Let’s hope it can all be realised.

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE MASS TIMBER BUILDING WA FIRST

 

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The YOLK Group has applied for planning approval for a six storey building on the corner of Josephson and High streets, just east of Kings Square.

If approved the building would be the first mass timber building in WA.

The Harris Jenkins Architects designed building would feature a bar, restaurant and cafe at street level plus five floors of office accommodation.

“The proposal presented in this application successfully delivers a vision for the site which:
Has been inspired by the Fremantle Port’s old timber-framed industrial storage sheds, taking inspiration from its historical and coastal port environment.

Will contribute towards the broader revitalisation of the Fremantle City Centre, together with the Kings Square development and other new developments.

Will promote social life and activity through a bar/restaurant which activates High and Josephson Street and encourages social interaction.

Will provide a mass timber framed office which is one of the most sustainable materials available which has been demonstrated to boost productivity
and mood, promoting wellbeing in the workplace.

Will contribute towards delivering a unique identity and focal point for the eastern end of the City Centre, ensuring its ongoing rejuvenation.”

Roel Loopers

FREO SYNAGOGUE TAVERN ON THE WAY

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, development, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on May 14, 2019

 

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It is often frustrating how long it takes for an approved development to start in Fremantle, so it is good to see that work has commenced at the tavern development of the former Synagogue on the corner of Parry Street and South Terrace.

Roel Loopers

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