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SIX STOREY PLANS FOR OLD FREMANTLE COURTHOUSE

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, heritage, Uncategorized by freoview on November 17, 2017

 

 

Fremantle developers Silverleaf have submitted plans to the City of Fremantle for the development of the Henderson Street Police and Court complex and Warders Cottages.

The mixed-use plans include a six-storey (58 rooms) hotel, changing the former Courthouse into a bar and restaurant and the Warders Cottages and Police Station into assorted shop tenancies and commercial units.

Silverleaf’s proposals for the Manning Building also includes a tavern and micro-brewery and their plans for the Woolstores shopping centre site include a tavern as well, so I am not at all sure that Fremantle needs three new taverns in the CBD.

Check out the plans on Have Your Say on the City of Fremantle website.

 

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE DEMANDS CREATIVE ARCHITECTURE!

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, development, heritage, Uncategorized by freoview on November 8, 2017

 

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It is slow news day in Fremantle today, so not much to blog about unfortunately.

But walking through Cliff Street this morning I admired the innovative architecture of the Mediterranean Shipping Company new building and the respectful way the old building has been restored to its former glory.

It is fantastic to see that North Fremantle Slavin Architects were allowed to design such a creative heritage of the future building by their client MSC, and I wonder why one of our major developers Silverleaf constantly puts up mediocre development proposals, such as the Woolstores shopping centre and Manning building sites.

Do Silverleaf’s designers not understand the importance of heritage and streetscape, or can’t they be bothered being considered about the unique character of the historic Fremantle inner city?

It is important in this context to hear what professional architect Carl Payne commented about the Manning Building proposal:

In terms of the scale of Village-Fremantle, this is a massive re-defining of a hugely-important central “super-block”. We need to preserve the maximum original structures as is reasonably possible, both externally and internally.
The brewery-barn takes a lot of important old rear buildings – some of the early residential sections of the original street-front commercial, so that’s always a worry, because we lose historic context.
If Council played harder-ball, the design brief could respond by converting these into inter-related “snugs”; like the cosy-corners in European and British pubs. It just needs some strength and commitment from Council; and some imaginative responses from the building designers and their client.
I’m sick of lose/lose.
What about win/win. It’s possible if we try hard enough.
My other additional preliminary comment is that we now have a chance to fully restore/reconstruct all original street verandas, yet we are being offered a banal boxy awning. Not good enough you building designers!!!

I want Mayor Brad to come out strongly; and NOT say that we need to encourage investment and therefore we need to give a little. Getting a bit sick of that from Brad.
He needs to make a stand on what IS acceptable; and what ISN’T acceptable. We can now look back on the last few “development years”……..and measure what is good; and what is not so good.
It’s not development versus museum town any more. Those arguments were had in the seventies.
We need to be more mature than that now.
If the building owners/developers wanna make a buck – fair enough, but not at the expense of the town; not at the expense of the heritage; not at the expensive of missing the point of what Fremantle has to offer.

We just don’t really get it – yet. We go away and look at old towns overseas – rave on about character; and history; and all that. Then we are happy with stuff that chips away at the edges to the extent that all this chipping finally removes what we wanted to keep in the first place. Death by a thousand chips. Will you have fish with that?

Aaaaahhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Re my earlier reference to a banal boxy awning – I see the drawings actually show a detail, and that includes verandah posts and wall brackets, so there’s a nod to “original” detail, but is this just a generic reference? Or have they done their photo research etc?? Is this authenticity? Or just Disney?
And gee, the Paddy Troy Mall now ends in a basement carpark entry. The road to cars-ville. City of Fremantle, just drop the car-parking requirements please. OR, maybe this is just a client-driven detail, for business-owners parking?? Either way, it just reduces the internal courtyard to roads and car-park access. Do we really want to do this??

 

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE MANNING BUILDING DEVELOPMENT

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, heritage, Uncategorized by freoview on November 7, 2017

 

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Fremantle residents have until the end of the month to have their say on the planned refurbishment of the Manning Buildings in the city centre.

The heritage buildings – bounded by Market Street, High Street Mall and William Street – were built between 1902 and 1906.

The development proposal includes the restoration of original shopfronts and facades along High Street and Market Street, internal alterations and conservation works to the upper floor offices and ground floor shops.

The plans also include the partial demolition of some existing buildings at the rear of site, with the addition of two-storey offices off Paddy Troy Mall and a new building for a brewhouse, bar and restaurant at rear of existing buildings on William Street, including an undercroft carpark with 25 car bays.

A community information session will be held in the Reception Room on the first floor of the council offices at 8 William Street on Thursday 16 November from 5.30-6.00pm.

More information can be found on the My Say Freo website or by calling the City of Fremantle on 9432 9999.

People have until 28 November to comment on the proposal.

 

NOTRE DAME RETHINKS WEST END BUILDING PLANS

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, heritage, notre dame university, Uncategorized by freoview on November 6, 2017

 

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It looks as if Fremantle Notre Dame University has abandoned their plans to build the new School of Nursing and Midwifery on the vacant block on the corner of High and Cliff Street in the historic West End.

I hear UNDA is looking for alternative options, but probably within their own property portfolio, so we’ll have to wait and see what will happen.

UNDA deserves to be congratulated for their community spirit and the fact they decided not to go ahead with the initial five-storey proposal, after Fremantle Council and the community objected to it.

The nursing school is very popular and has high demand, so there is a need for a bigger building to accommodate all those students who want to enrol in it.

Roel Loopers

 

THE BEAUTY OF FREMANTLE. COME VISIT!

Posted in bathers beach, city of fremantle, heritage, photography, Uncategorized by freoview on November 4, 2017

 

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I wandered around Fremantle’s lovely West End just before sun set on Friday and took some tourist photos of the beautiful late light.

 

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE OLD AND NEW

Posted in city of fremantle, heritage, roundhouse, Uncategorized by freoview on October 25, 2017

 

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Western Australia’s oldest public building the Roundhouse goal squeezed in between modern art on historic buildings in Fremantle’s High Street.

All you overseas and interstate people come over for a visit to the port city on the Indian Ocean coast!

There are a lot of festivals and events during our summer months.

 

Roel Loopers

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BRILLIANT FREO WEST END PUBLIC ARTWORK

Posted in architecture, art, city of fremantle, fremantle festival, heritage, Uncategorized by freoview on October 24, 2017

 

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Some of Freo’s View readers might say not again when they see this post about the Arcs D’Ellipses public artwork by Swiss artist Felice Varini, but I love the cleverness and creativity of the splendid Fremantle Festival work that is now near completion.

It is not just the great sense of perspective when one views the whole work from the Roundhouse steps, but all the quirky individual artworks it creates on the heritage buildings along High Street.

The work is part of High Tide that has many events and shows during this year’s festival that starts this weekend, so put your walking shoes on and head out to our beautiful West End.

How can one not love Freo!

 

Roel Loopers

TINY FREMANTLE HOTEL PLANS

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, fremantle markets, heritage, Uncategorized by freoview on October 19, 2017

 

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The City of Fremantle is already a leader in tiny houses development, but now there is an application at the City for what might become the smallest hotel in Australia.

East Fremantle Matthew Crawford Architects have applied for a development license for an eleven-room hotel in the heritage-listed Warders Cottages in the Henderson Street mall adjacent to the Fremantle Markets.

They would renovate the cottages and also build a dining and bar area between the cottages and the markets, plus on-side parking.

The application is for 19-29 Henderson Street, which runs from William Street to the market laneway. The laneway would become the main entrance to the hotel.

The development decision will be made by the WA Development Assessment Panel, not by Fremantle Council.

You can see the plans on the City of Fremantle website. Submissions for or against the proposal need to be in by November 10.

 

Roel Loopers

Roel for City Ward!

 

HYPOCRITICAL FREMANTLE SOCIETY

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle society, heritage, Uncategorized by freoview on October 3, 2017

 

Fremantle Society president John Dowson has emailed his members to advise them whom to vote for at the local government elections, and has this to say about the City Ward candidates:

In City Ward, while there is no doubt Adin Lang is charismatic and genuinely useful on green issues, Lynda Wayman seriously well qualified but seen as the mayor’s candidate, and Roel Loopers well intentioned but a total ‘flip flop’ on issues, the candidate who would best scrutinise council and who has done the hard yards in preparation is Claudia Green. There is another candidate Julie Morgan, who did so much modernisation to the heritage facade of her building (Bairds Buildings between P&O and Orient in High Street), that she should not be eligible to run, except perhaps out of town.

Of course Dowson does not spell out where I supposedly am a total ‘flip flop’ on issues, but I am very happy to concede that unlike Dowson I am comfortable to change my mind when I receive additional information. That is what intelligent open-minded people do, John, and I highly recommend you’ll try it for a change, instead of your my way or the high way philosophy.

FS president Dowson also supports Ra Stewart for Mayor and writes:

It has been tough for the sole contender against the incumbent to get traction when every time she explains why she is running she gets accused of being ‘negative’. That tactic is used by the mayor and his coterie of councillors all the time.

May I remind Dowson, all Fremantle Society members, and everyone who cares for our heritage that Stewart was a long-time board member and president of the Fremantle Chamber of Commerce, an organisation that has publicly expressed support for five-storey development in the historic West End, something the Fremantle Society is absolutely opposed to.

And may I remind the self-proclaimed purists that while Peter Tagliaferri, one of Stewart’s most vocal supporters, was mayor of Fremantle the hight restrictions for the West End mysteriously disappeared, until heritage custodian Les Lauder found out and made a big stink about it.

The word hypocrisy comes to mind, John Dowson!

Roel Loopers

VOTE ROEL FOR CITY WARD!

FREMANTLE’S ART AND HISTORY PRECINCT

Posted in art, arthur head, bathers beach art precinct, city of fremantle, heritage, Uncategorized by freoview on October 3, 2017

 

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History is very important to me. It gives me a sense of belonging and comfort to know that many people worked so hard decades ago to leave beautiful Fremantle for future generations. It also puts the onus on us to leave a great place for the young ones, hence my nomination for the local government election.

Culture is very much part of that, as I was brought up in the Netherlands with the great art of Rembrandt, Vermeer, Van Gogh, etc.

So I love hanging out at Arthur Head, where the Roundhouse stands proud as the oldest public building in Western Australia, and where artists such as Greg James, Jenny Dawson, Janet Nixon, Jina Lee, Lesley Barrett, Peter Zuvela, Ross Porter and Glen Cowans have made an artistic home for themselves.

The PS Art Space people have put three cherry-pickers at Little High Street in preparation for the installation of an exciting new art show, so stay tuned for that.

Here some impressions of the historic art area at the Bathers Beach Art Precinct.

As I said at the City Ward candidate forum last Thursday, in the unlikely event that I’ll get elected on Fremantle Council I would like to revisit the BBAP as I believe it can and needs to be improved, because some parts of it are not working. It has great potential but needs creative thinking and real collaboration with the local artists.

 

Roel Loopers

VOTE ROEL FOR CITY WARD!

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