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Subiaco Oval development plans


After the Kings Square Redevelopment Project the next big project in Fremantle will be the Fremantle Oval one, and if it is done right we’ll have an amazing new precinct in the inner city that will connect Wray Avenue with the Cappuccino Strip.

After all the planned and in progress commercial development the heart of the city will need more medium-density residential development and the Freo Oval project is perfect for that.

Height needs to be addressed though with utmost sensitivity because of the proximity to the World Heritage listed Fremantle Prison. We can’t just apply the rule that Fremantle Hospital is high, and also the residential building across it at Arundel Court, so we can go up all the way to the height of the hospital.

The Claremont Oval development should be a huge warning for Fremantle. It is awful!

I reserve my opinion about the planned development of Subiaco Oval, but check it out for yourself on the Landcorp website, see the artist’s impression above.

Roel Loopers




The fences finally came down along the Brush Factory development on the corner of Duke and George streets in East Fremantle, so I went to have another look at it this morning.

I know that beauty is difficult to quantify because it has different meanings for all of us, but I do find the modern top-level addition on the old building quite intriguing, while some other parts are just not my cup of tea.

I do not like the darkness the dark bricks create along Duke Street, where apartment buildings have been added, and I find that the northern side of development, which faces the old Royal George hotel, has very strange and awkward angles, almost as if much of it was an after-thought that was added to it.

But the epic development of the former Lauder&Howard antiques building has finally been completed and incorporates the Duke of George jazz and blues bar, so it is in part a good addition for the area.

In the meantime graffiti vandals have started to deface the Royal George again and it is still not known if Saracen Properties will go ahead with the development there after all, when they are only allowed to have a seven-storey building behind the former hotel.

Roel Loopers



Posted in art, city of fremantle, property, real estate, residential, Uncategorized by freoview on November 5, 2018




I had a whinge yesterday about the Piazza gates being closed at the LIV apartments in Fremantle’s Queen Victoria and Quarry streets, but it appears that is only happening on weekends, as the gates were open today.

It finally gave me the opportunity of photographing the fantastic Rick Vermey artwork from different angles.

Roel Loopers


Posted in architecture, art, city of fremantle, development, property, real estate, residential, Uncategorized by freoview on November 4, 2018



I have got an issue with the misuse of the percentage for the arts at new developments.

The Fremantle  LIV apartments by Defence Housing were supposed to have a public piazza and thoroughfare between Quarry Street and Queen Victoria Street, so we all could walk under and enjoy the great ‘public’ artwork by Rick Vermey.

However I noticed today that gates have been installed on both sides, so that the public does not have access to the piazza, which makes me wonder when is public art actually public art? One cannot really appreciate how fantastic the art work is unless one can walk underneath it.

Roel Loopers


Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, development, real estate, residential, Uncategorized by freoview on August 1, 2018




The M/28 three-storey apartment development opposite The Local hotel in South Fremantle is well under way and on track to open early next year.

The Match group is developing twenty 2-3 bedroom apartments with large balconies. Some will have views of Fremantle Port.

I took this photo yesterday when I walked by on my way to the CBD.

Roel Loopers



Posted in art, city of fremantle, development, lifestyle, living, real estate, residential, Uncategorized by freoview on July 31, 2018


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LIV art vermey 2


The Defence Housing LIV residential apartment complex at Fremantle’s Queen Victoria and Quarry streets is due to open in August and is well under way.

The one feature of the development I am really looking forward to is the public art in the entrance to the piazza by artist Rick Vermey. As you see in the photo I took this morning it is not finished yet, but getting there.

The percentage for the arts commission is made of natural wood fibres and will have lights triggered by wind for after dark effect. I can’t wait to see it!


Roel Loopers





Posted in city of fremantle, development, local government, residential, Uncategorized by freoview on July 4, 2018


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wgv 2


The sustainable WGV development project in White Gum Valley is progressing well with two new multi-storey buildings nearing completion.

The City of Fremantle is looking for ideas of what to do with the area of the former Men’s Shed, which needs to be demolished, and is doing community consultation about that.

Check the CoF website for details.

Roel Lopers


Posted in architecture, development, fremantle, real estate, residential, western australia by freoview on July 16, 2016



Part of the scaffolding on the Heirloom by Match development of the former Dalgety Woolstore has been removed at Beach Street and I think it looks very impressive so far.

The development will see over 150 new residential apartments in the east CBD of Fremantle and together with other planned new buildings will see a substantial increase of inner city residents in the next few years, which will be a much-needed boost for the retail and hospitality economy.

Apartments at heirloom sell from $ 495,000 and there are still some for sale, so if you want inner city living in a heritage environment with sweeping views over Fremantle Port, go and check it out.

The development is a joined venture by the Match group and Sirona Capital.

Roel Loopers


Posted in fremantle, lifestyle, residential, seniors by freoview on July 2, 2015

Talking about higher density is a bit of a no-no in Fremantle, where many in the community believe that high-density automatically means highrise, but we know from European countries that that does not have to be the case and 5-8 storey buildings will do the job and look a whole lot better than massive 20+ storey residential towers that create social issues as well as visual pollution.

Strangely when we talk higher density in Perth we talk about young people and families moving into inner city apartments, but rarely do we hear there is a need for seniors to move there as well and that needs to be addressed by developers and local and state governments.

Research in the USA has found that once seniors who live in the suburbs loose their license and right to drive a car, the public transport systems fail them and older people often become hermits without a social life, because they have to depend on friends and family to drive them around, so there is a need for them to relocate closer to the inner city.

The problem though is that inner city rents are quite a bit higher than those in the burbs, so how can seniors afford to live there? Whilst I absolutely understand the need for privacy I believe we need to find a new and cheaper way of accommodating seniors and other on low incomes, be that with one bedroom flats or bedsitters and shared use of kitchen(s), laundry and communal dining rooms, and maybe even gophers.

With a fast ageing population in Australia we need to find creative ways in dealing with what could become a serious issue in the near future. That might well mean that we need to accept that we don’t all need to have our own washing machine and stuff we only use once every ten days or so, and that sharing is cheaper and reduces the need for individual laundries, dining areas and kitchens in each and every apartment. I know I would be a huge compromise and change in lifestyle and thinking, and I am not even sure I would like it for myself, but it could be a way of finding solutions to deal better with an ageing population.

Roel Loopers


Posted in development, fremantle, residential by freoview on May 13, 2015

Canadian urban planning expert professor David Gordon has expressed what many people in Perth’s older established suburbs like Fremantle have been saying for years, that is it not necessary to disturb stable communities with high-density residential development, but that there is a lot of scope to develop along freeways and railways instead, and low-rise shopping centres and industrial areas should also be targets for higher residential development.

Professor Gordon told the Committee for Economic Development of Australia that Perth has the lowest density of a major city he has seen.

Gordon is an urban planning professor from Canada’s Queen’s University and said  the WA Government faces a major challenge meeting its infill housing targets (it set in its 2031 future development papers)

LandCorp chief executive Frank Marra is quoted in the West Australian newspaper saying that developers often only got one chance to get high density living right and one bad design could alienate a community. I believe that is a very good comment, as established communities such as Fremantle want much better design than the bland colourless big boxes that developers can put up relatively cheaply, compared to outstanding and innovative design and building quality. We want development that embraces, enhances and improves neighbourhoods, not the boring mediocre sameness that destroys the ambience of older suburbs by taking their sense of amenity, comfort and unique lifestyle away.

Frank Marra told the West Australian that “The community really latches on with poor outcomes that might have occurred in the past.”

The W.A. government’s latest draft Perth and Peel@3.5 million report sets a target of building 800,000 new homes by 2050. Of that 380,000 are expected to be built through infill.

Here is Fremantle the Knutsford Street area and City of Fremantle Works Depot would be great areas for higher density student living to accommodate Notre Dame uni students, but also those who study at Murdoch and Curtin and who can jump on a bus to get there. It is not even a ten-minute bike ride from there to the CBD and UNDA, and busses come through Amherst and High Street frequently, so it appears to be a pretty perfect location for high-density living, that is also very close to the Fremantle golf course and Booyeembara Park for public open space and relaxation.

My information is that around 70 percent of UNDA students don’t live in Fremantle and I believe that is a real shame because they would bring vitality to our community and support our retailers and the hospitality industry, so Freo should make an effort to keep them in town. It is also something the State’s Landcorp agency should be supporting. Would it for example be possible to sell or lease Notre Dame a chunk of land at a peppercorn price if they were willing to build student accommodation, so that the students don’t have to commute and leave town? It might even be good for the City of Fremantle to consider doing a deal with UNDA on a small part of the Works Depot site as that would be a good investment into Freo’s future and an opportunity to keep a large percentage of the more than 5,500 students in town.

Roel Loopers


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