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NOTRE DAME WANTS FREO STUDENT ACCOMMODATION

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle network, notre dame university, Uncategorized by freoview on May 24, 2017

 

The delightful Vice Chancellor of Notre Dame University Celia Hammond was one of three speakers at the monthly Fremantle Network event at the National Hotel to talk about UNDA’s Urban Activation Project for the West End of Fremantle, that will see four activation and relaxation nodes being created for students, the community and visitors to Freo.

Celia Hammond said UNDA had been pushed for years, by Mayor Brad Pettitt especially to do more for street activation in the precinct and was shifting offices away from ground level to make way for commercial tenancies. “We love being a part of the West End and are trying to be a good neighbour.”

UNDA creates 700,000 visits a year to the West End, so that is a very significant number.

The university engaged CODA for the activation plan that is about mixed use and a dynamic precinct, collaboration with the City of Fremantle, increase visitations and duration of stay, offer a rest place for all, improve high quality urban spaces and ground level activity.

The Vice Chancellor also said that Notre Dame University is looking at student accommodation but not in the West End and that the uni has refused a students’ request for an ATM on campus as it wants to encourage its students to walk into Fremantle and support local traders, as they do on the UNDA student App.

Councillor Rachel Pemberton who organises the Fremantle Network deserves to be congratulated for the idea as it is a fantastic way to hear from all different parts of the community. Contrary to what some people say about the Network it is not about Greenies and socialists but it embraces the whole community and gives us a chance to work together, share ideas and feel a great sense of belonging!

Roel Loopers

NOTRE DAME REDESIGN NURSING SCHOOL

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, heritage, notre dame university, Uncategorized by freoview on May 23, 2017

Fremantle Notre Dame University Vice Chancellor Celia Hammond announced at a small community meeting about the proposed five-storey new Nursing School building in High Street that UNDA will not try to seek approval from the WA Development Assessment Panel, but will redesign the building instead.

The proposal was strongly criticised by the Fremantle community and West End residents and rejected by Fremantle Council because the design quality and height were deemed inappropriate for and disrespectful to the historic West End. The Fremantle Chamber of Commerce approved of the building.

The Vice Chancellor emphasised that Notre Dame is part of the West End and the Freo community and she did not want to put a building up that the community rejected.

From the first day I heard Celia Hammond speak during a Leaders Luncheon at the Esplanade Hotel years ago I have been impressed with her and how genuine she is. She has again shown very strong leadership on a contentious issue and she and UNDA deserve to be congratulated for it.

The small community round table talk was organised by TGP who have been contracted by UNDA to independently assess the pros and cons of the new School of Nursing and Midwifery.

Members of the Fremantle Inner City Residents Association were present, as were the CEO of the Chamber of Commerce, the president of the Fremantle Society, architect Murray Slavin and myself.

Roel Loopers

RETHINKING AUSTRALIA DAY

Posted in australia day, education, fremantle, notre dame university, Uncategorized by freoview on May 22, 2017

UNDA presentation

 

The Fremantle Heritage Festival starts this week with the unveiling of the Townhall conservation works at 11.30 am on Friday, so come along.

Notre Dame University students are jumping the gun though with two interesting presentations at the Maritime Museum on Thursday between 1.30 and 3 pm.

They will present a professional report titled Recasting Australia Day and and exhibition proposal Country and Conflict at Swan River 1829-1850.

EXCELLENT NOTRE DAME NURSING STUDENTS

Posted in education, fremantle, notre dame university, Uncategorized by freoview on May 21, 2017

Fremantle Notre Dame University did get a lot of stick, including from me, about their proposal for a five-storey new School of Nursing building in High Street, but they deserve to be congratulated on the high standard of education they give their nursing students.

While I was in Rockingham Hospital for an operation last week I was also cared for by UNDA students and they all were very good.

Especially one of them, Amy, was so incredibly competent, very confident and professional that she came across as a well-experieneced nurse.

She had great communication skills with the patients and the nursing staff and the most delightful personality.

We are lucky in Freo because Amy from Rockingham told me that once she graduates in July she has found employment at Fremantle Hospital. She will be a great asset to the nursing staff there!

Roel Loopers

 

NOTRE DAME APPOINTS WEST END CONSULTANTS

Fremantle Notre Dame University has appointed the recently merged TPG+Place Match group to undertake further independent consultation in regard to the proposed development of a new Nursery and Midwifery School on the corner of High and Cliff streets.

The five-storey  development was rejected for approval by Fremantle Council  because it exceeds the three-storey limit for the heritage-listed West End Precinct, and because of its inappropriate and poor design quality.

The deciding authority for the building is the WA Development Assessment Panel but UNDA adjourned the approval process to make changes to the building after strong community objections.

It will be interesting to see if UNDA will abandon their plans for an, in my opinion un-approvable, five storey building and alter the design to make its architecture more sympathetic and respectful to the heritage streetscape, or if they will go ahead and apply for approval of a five-story building at the DAP.

This from the TPG+Place Match website:

  • Stakeholder and community engagement
  • Place visioning and narrative
  • Strategic and statutory planning
  • Urban design and place planning
  • Heritage and cultural planning
  • Place branding and promotion
  • Community development
  • Place activation 

TPG+Place Match have a track record of working together on several high profile place-led projects, including the Perth Cultural Centre Place Plan, the Curtin University Place Activation project and several regional revitalisation and enhancement projects in Bunbury, Morawa and Esperance.

Since its inception in 2011, Place Match has become WA’s most sought after place making firm, offering niche expertise in place visioning and branding, destination planning, place activation and management.  The firm has breathed new life and added significant value to places across Perth city, suburban areas and into regional WA.

Roel Loopers

NOTRE DAME UNI WEST END ACTIVATION PLANS

Posted in city of fremantle, education, notre dame university, Uncategorized by freoview on May 9, 2017

UNDA

 

It has been a long time coming but Fremantle Notre Dame University is finally implementing its West End Activation Plan that is part of the Memorandum of Understanding with the City of Fremantle.

UNDA spends $ 75,000 yearly on community activation, but will now get really serious with moving university departments and offices from high profile to low profile locations.

Already three university offices have been moved from High Street to make way for three commercial tenancies to help activate the historic West End.

As part of enhancing Notre Dame activities in the public realm the Mouat Piazza will be created on the corner of Croke and Mouat streets, as well as the Gateway Park on the corner of Mouat and Phillimore streets.

Also part of the plans are activation nodes on the corner of Mouat and High streets and the Vice Chancellery entry to Mouat Street.

We will see new paving, seating, lighting and shade structures appearing in the West End soon and possibly a new public artwork.

Great stuff!

Roel Loopers

 

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EXCELLENT NOTRE DAME UNIVERSITY

Posted in education, fremantle, notre dame university, Uncategorized by freoview on April 12, 2017

Findings from the combined 2015 and 2016 Student Experience Survey (SES) show Notre Dame University achieving outstanding results placing it first in Western Australia and New South Wales in five of seven key indicators – ‘Overall Quality of Education Experience’, ‘Teaching Quality’, ‘Skills Development’, ‘Learner Engagement’ and ‘Student Support’.

Notre Dame University also continues to excel nationally, being placed in the top two universities in Australia for ‘Overall Quality of Educational Experience’ with an 89.8% rating, well above the national average of 79.9%.

It is ranked second nationally for ‘Learner Engagement’ with a 79.1% rating, compared to 64.1% nationally, and ‘Skills Development’ at 90.8% compared to the national average of 81.1%.

This is great news for Fremantle’s Notre Dame University and well deserved!

 

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ARCHITECTS DEFEND NOTRE DAME MEDIOCRITY

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, development, notre dame university by freoview on March 3, 2017

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In a rather petulant Thinking Allowed in the Fremantle Herald today Dean Fehlberg, a partner at MCDF Architects, who designed the mediocre proposal for the new Notre Dame University School of Nursing at 3 High Street claims Fremantle Council rejected the development because it was influenced by emotion and agitation.

Does Fehlberg mean with agitation the genuine concerns raised by Fremantle residents and the Fremantle Society in submissions to Council, and does he mean with emotion that we are very passionate about heritage protection in Fremantle?

Fehlberg shows a hint of arrogance and severe lack of self-criticism when he compares the height of the proposed UNDA building with the gorgeous National Hotel, Pearse Building, Orient Hotel and Fremantle Hotel. These are all buildings of outstanding Goldrush period architecture and can in no way be compared to the unimaginative, boring and mediocre design proposal for the historic West End of Fremantle by the MCDF Architects.

The architects are no doubts also aware that the criticism about the height of the proposed building is because the planning rules for the West End Conservation Area only allow for three-storey buildings with an option of a fourth storey if the architecture is outstanding, which it isn’t!

Architect Fehlberg also criticises the Slavin Architects designed MSC building in Cliff Street because “it is all glass and flowing curved lines of steel with no masonry at all and without any precedence in the West End.”

Indeed Mr Fehlberg, and that makes the MSC building so delightfully unique, inspiring, creative and heritage of the future architecture, while your team ignores the heritage significance and beauty of the West End by proposing a very bland design. It does not add to the architectural greatness of the West End, but the MSC building does.

Dean Fehlberg writes in the Herald that he was very disappointed with the Fremantle Council level of debate….and disrespect shown for the opinion of the State Heritage Office and City’s Design Advisory Committee.

What concerns the community and Fremantle Councillors more is the disrespect shown by MCDF Architects for the unique beauty and historic significance of the West End and that the architects believe their non-creative boredom is appropriate next to the stunning Lionel Samson building and opposite the beautiful Fremantle Hotel building and in Western Australia’s most beautiful street.

Harsh self-criticism is a great way forward to becoming excellent at what one does, not acknowledging one’s own limitations means accepting mediocrity.

Roel Loopers

NOTRE DAME ADJOURNS WEST END DEVELOPMENT

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, heritage, notre dame university by freoview on March 2, 2017

Fremantle Notre Dame University Vice Chancellor Celia Hammond has advised city residents that the university has asked the state’s Joint Development Assessment Panel-JDAP to adjourn the application for a five-storey development at 3 High street by four weeks so that the university can further explore the details.

The application was scheduled to be considered by JDAP next Thursday on March 9.

UNDA are engaging an independent heritage specialist to assist them in addressing the heritage matters which have been raised. They will also be seeking the input and comments of the City Officers and Councillors throughout this time, the Vice Chancellor said.

This is a very professional and mature approach by Notre Dame University and shows real consideration and respect for the feedback they received from Fremantle Council and residents.

Roel Loopers

PERFECT FOR NOTRE DAME SCHOOL OF NURSING

Posted in city of fremantle, development, notre dame university by freoview on March 2, 2017

 

If as I expect the WA Joint Development Assessment Panel next Thursday rejects the application by Notre Dame University for a five-storey development at 3 High Street, the university will have to look at alternative solutions.

The School of Nursing requires a lot of floor space, so a lower three-storey building in the West End won’t be big enough for UNDA I presume.

I found the perfect location for the new Notre Dame building on the corner of Suffolk Street and South Terrace, opposite Fremantle Hospital.

It is a leisurely ten-minute walk from the rest of the UNDA campus, close to public transport and parking and just a ten-minute walk to the railway station.

The vacant site is outside the West End conservation area, so height won’t be an issue and neither would be street level activation.

The City of Fremantle is planning a new carpark at the Stan Reilley site, so no worries about parking either, and Queensgate and Collie Street parking is nearby as well.

Roel Loopers

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