Freo's View



There is finally some movement on the long awaited development at Fremantle’s Burt Street, just up from the Fremantle Arts Centre.

The State Government has partnered with Edge Visionary Living in the $ 129 million project to build 265 residential apartments, some commercial spaces and six live-work artist’s studios.

There will be mainly two-bedroom or smaller apartments, with some premium three-bedroom ones, and some ‘compact studios’.

10-15 per cent of the apartments will be reserved for social housing.

The development will include six unique live-work artist rental studios and a maker space to inspire creative pursuits and help emerging artists to access affordable accommodation and workspace within the Fremantle area.

Local community input will inform the creation of amenities to complement the surrounding area including social gathering areas, active play zones, outdoor arts engagement, green spaces, walking and cycling pathways and a small portion of space for commercial uses.

The project will also explore ways to implement sustainable initiatives that can help reduce waste, and also reduce water and energy use.

The 1.4-hectare site will be developed in stages. Following a period of community consultation and development approvals, the first stage of works is expected to start in October 2021.

Roel Loopers


Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, development, lifestyle, living, Uncategorized by freoview on May 27, 2020





There is more good development news for Fremantle, with neighbours of the former Energy Museum site at Parry Street receiving information from the Match Group that the M/27 apartment building construction will start soon.

The four-storey building, facing Fremantle Park, will have forty 1,2 and 3 bedroom apartments, and only a few are still available.

This is a very welcome development in the east of the Fremantle CBD that will help the activation of the area.

In that context it is interesting to read the opinion of Peter Hobbs, WA president of the Institute of Australian Architects in the West Australian this morning.

Hobbs advocates for more three to five-storey buildings to achieve the urban infill density, instead of highrise buildings. Read the article on page 50 of the West!

Roel Loopers



Posted in city of fremantle, lifestyle, living, Uncategorized by freoview on May 11, 2020


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Three photos I took on Sunday in Fremantle. The surfboard on a balcony in a new residential apartment block tells its own story, as does the little takeaway coffee window in Silver Street.

I also like the door at the Gateway B&B on the corner of Wray Avenue.

Roel Loopers


Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, city planning, development, lifestyle, living, Uncategorized by freoview on March 25, 2020


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Life goes on, and must go on, so a photo of the very nice balcony shutters at the brand-new The Social apartments in Freo’s Henry Street, where the Workers Club used to be.

Roel Loopers



Posted in accommodation, city of fremantle, development, property, real estate, Uncategorized by freoview on February 18, 2020




The Social residential apartment building on the former Fremantle Workers Club site in Henry Street is nearing completion, with quite beautiful metal folding blinds on the balconies being installed currently. I like the look of it.

Roel Loopers



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I am delighted to hear that work has commenced on Yolk Property Group’s Little Lane apartments at 52 Adelaide Street in Fremantle, with demolition of the iconic site now underway.

I believe it is essential that the run down east of the CBD will be modernised and with the Woolstores hotel development and Hilton Doubletree hotel development in the pipeline and the Kings Square redevelopment nearing completion, the modernisation of the Fremantle CBD is well under way

The Little Lane building was home in the 1960s and 1970s to the Coles department store and in more recent times Many 2.0.

Little Lane will feature 70 apartments above a laneway alive with a new mix of cafe and foodie culture.

One of Australia and New Zealand’s largest construction providers Icon / Cockram has been appointed to build Little Lane. The apartments were designed by Fremantle based Harris Jenkins Architects

Affordable through a mix of dwelling sizes, the one, two and three-bedroom residences start from $359,000.

With extensive use of rooftop solar panels and a guarantee from an independent energy supplier, residents will be rewarded with a discounted rate of 10 per cent less than Synergy’s A1 Home

With demolition works scheduled to take three months, construction is expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2021.


For further information visit

Roel Loopers






Apartment and unit buyers will get a rebate worth up to $50,000 on eligible properties under a two-year scheme announced by the WA State Government today.

The rebate will be available for two years to any buyer who signs a pre-construction contract for a new residential unit or apartment in a multi-storey development.

Multiple rebates will be available to the same applicant and there will be no cap on the purchase price.

Roel Loopers





It is interesting to note that while a small group of Freo people do not like Notre Dame University in Fremantle’s historic West End the biggest retailers and property owners in Perth have called for more residential apartments and a big university for the inner city there to boost trade and stop the decline in retail.

Many cafes in Freo’s CBD would not survive without the patronage of NDA students and staff and the vibrancy it brings to the West End during the day should not be underestimated.

That does not mean there is no room for improvement and Notre Dame really needs to get serious about providing student accommodation so that more of them will live in Fremantle and become a real part of our community.

The new masterplan they are developing might be a good way forward to activate the street level of NDA buildings and open the courtyards for more community events.

Roel Loopers




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Fremantle’s CBD is a work in progress, with the crane of the residential development at the former Workers Club site in Henry Street coming down today.

At Kings Square the triangular slab of the new Civic Centre has been put down and is destined to become a cafe. A new crane will go up there pretty soon.

Roel Loopers



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

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