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HOW GOOD IS FREMANTLE!

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, development, heritage, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on October 19, 2019

 

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The scaffolding on a beautiful High Street heritage building is coming down revealing the stunning restored facade.

The building which is next to the former RSL club has the Breaks cafe at ground level and new residential living above it. It was designed by retired building designer Tom Mascaro who did a favour for his mate the property owner who lives in Italy.

The back of the Manning building in Paddy Troy Lane is also showing what is will look like in a few months, when it will open as a tavern, micro brewery and distillery.

Roel Loopers

HOW TO GET MORE COMMUNITY VALUE OUT OF PERCENTAGE FOR THE ARTS

Posted in architecture, art, city of fremantle, culture, development, local government, property, Uncategorized by freoview on October 16, 2019

 

An interesting article by Kim Macdonald on the Property Pages of the West Australian reports that some developers do not believe that public art is value for money and that the percentage for the arts scheme some councils, such as Fremantle, have is arbitrary and does not give enough consideration to location.

Good public art, that provokes debate and public engagement enhances our streets, but sometimes public art is only decorative and not of very high creative standards, but that of course is about personal taste as well.

Some of the huge mural paintings in Perth are outstanding, and I regret that the stunning artwork on the Fremantle Myer building as Kings Square could not be saved because I really liked it.

Developers do not like the percentage for the arts scheme because it adds cost to the building, but in Fremantle’s case the Manning building development by Silverleaf Investments for example has been allowed to use the percentage for the arts contribution to reinstate the old veranda along William Street.

Flexibility is what is needed, and I believe it is a sensible idea from Richard Pappas of Celcius Properties, who told the West that the public art money should be put into a pool, and not necessarily be part of a new development. Money could be spent instead on public spaces, amenities, playgrounds, extending the tree canopy, etc.

There is quite a bit of sameness in public art, especially 3D art where big steel beams appear to be the favourite for local and state development. The one thing the percentage for the arts need to do is enhance the quality and lifestyle of the community, so if that is a new park a few kilometres away from a new development that is an alternative councils should consider.

Roel Loopers

 

PHOTOS OF A PROGRESSIVE CITY

 

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The latest photos of the Fremantle Kings Square Redevelopment Project and new Civic Centre to keep everyone in the loop about the progress.

Roel Loopers

LEADERSHIP PERSPECTIVES ON FREMANTLE

 

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The Fremantle Chamber of Commerce Leaders’ Lunch  with the topic Leadership Perspectives on Fremantle on Friday the 18th of October sounds like a very interesting one to attend.

It is at the Esplanade Hotel from 12.30 till 3pm and will have following speakers:

Matthew McNeilly, managing director of Sirona Capital, Julian Smith, Pro Vice Chancellor of Notre Dame University, Eve Clark, managing director of L3Harris, Brodie Carr, managing director of Tourism WA, and Geoffry London, Professor of Architecture at UWA.

Tickets are $ 110 for members and $ 125 for non member. Bookings at http://www.fremantlechamber.com.au/events.

Roel Loopers

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THE BOW OF FREO’S NEW CIVIC SHIP

 

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It is exciting to see the new Fremantle Civic Centre at Kings Square taking shape.

Steel beams now show the pointy end of the building-the bow of the civic ship- near Queen Street, where a cafe is planned to open at ground level.

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE PORTS WANT A SHED ACTIVATION

Posted in city of fremantle, cruiseliners, development, fremantle ports, heritage, Uncategorized by freoview on October 9, 2019

 

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Fremantle Ports is looking for Expressions of Interest for the redevelopment of historic A Shed on Victoria Quay.

The 2,225 sqm building is the closest one to the very popular Maritime Museum and a short walk to the B Shed Rottnest Island ferry terminal, so perfect for tourist and leisure orientated development.

I am really happy that Fremantle Port finally wants to reactivate A Shed as it has been forlorn and neglected for far too long.

EOI close on November 29 so don’t miss out to make A Shed great again.

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LATEST FROM FREO’S KINGS SQUARE

 

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A few new photos of the Fremantle Civic Centre and Kings Square Redevelopment project.

The ‘aerial’ photo was taken from the 7th floor of Arundel Court, which is opposite Fremantle Hospital. I’ll need knee replacements after taking that photo as the old building does not have a lift.

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TREE BEAUTY AT OLD SYNAGOGUE TAVERN

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, development, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on October 9, 2019

 

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Nice to see that trees are being used to beautify the Fremantle Old Synagogue tavern development at Parry Street.

It will be interesting to see how they’ll grow through the steel frames and intertwine.

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT UPDATE

 

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Good signs for Fremantle! The M/27 residential development by the Match group of the former Energy Museum at Parry Street is getting closer to realisation with only seven units left, so pre-sales have been going well.

The Yolk property group have also indicated they will be starting soon on the Little Lane residential development on the former Spotlight site next to Target, so that would be two major residential developments in the hart of the Freo CBD.

Roel Loopers

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