Freo's View






All the scaffolding around the LIV apartment building in Fremantle’s Queen Victoria and Quarry streets have now come down, so I had another good look at the massive development.

I still do not like the monotonous long facade along Queen Victoria Street and also don’t like the design along Quarry Street very much.

Strangely, for this self-proclaimed architecture expert, the very modern south side of Queen Victoria Street, which overlooks Fremantle Park, works the best. The big and  high windows create a lightness that I would have liked to see duplicated at Quarry Street.

The Rick Vermey public artwork in the piazza is a stunning feature that will attract many art lovers.

The Defence Housing LIV is due to open this month, so check the media, or better even Freo’s View, for when it will be open to the public to have a look at.

Roel Loopers



Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, development, heritage, Uncategorized by freoview on August 8, 2018



Toward the end of last year an item came before  Fremantle Council to deal with the fact that Silverleaf Investments had not completed the Attwell development. Large sections of the glass paneling had not been installed because Silverleaf had spent too much money on tuck pointing.

Councillor Rachel Pemberton put a motion forward, which passed, that the item be deferred for 30 days so that CoF officers and Silverleaf could find a compromise

That was in October or November last year and we have not heard anything since about this, and Silverleaf have not started on the completion of the building nearly a year later, so what is going on?


When developers get approval from council they do so after council has seen detailed plans of what the buildings will look like, so not completing a development to the specifications in the approval is basically a breach of contract between the developers and the City of Fremantle, and that should not be allowed to happen.

Silverleaf Investments has received approval for a significant development of the former police and justice complex in Henderson Street, as well as for the development of the Mannings building, and another application by them is on the table for a six storey addition to the Woolstores shopping centre site, so they are major players in Fremantle.

What Fremantle Council cannot permit to happen is that developers keep getting away with not completing buildings to the specifications in the planning approval, as this is becoming a common occurrence.

One way of getting buildings completed is by putting a stop on the commencement of any other future development by the same developers until they have completed the previous one to the satisfaction of planning staff. Get on with it!

Roel Loopers


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




An info session about the proposed Woolstores development will be held tomorrow, Thursday August 2 at 5.30pm at the City of Fremantle offices at Fremantle Oval.

Community members can see the floor plans and talk to CoF planning staff about the proposal.

Roel Loopers


Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, development, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on July 23, 2018






I am relieved that Silverleaf Investments have not chucked in the towel after the recent rejection by JDAP of their proposal for the Fremantle Woolstores shopping centre site.

The new development application is significantly different, and with only six storeys, almost half lower than the previous suggestion. It is not a landmark building, but one that many will prefer a lot more than the significant high rise the company wanted to built there.

I believe it is very important for the Fremantle CBD and economy to have a good size hotel, more office space and inner city parking, so I hope this will go through the development application without major hurdles. Together with the Hilton Doubletree development at Point Street, the Little Lane development on the former Spotlight site, and the Kings Square development, this will change the run down face of the east of Fremantle into a modern city.

And there are also the development of the Manning building and the Warders cottages in Henderson Street as well as the former Courthouse and Police precinct there, with more hotel accommodation.

The proposed development includes a six storey addition and alterations to the existing shopping centre, including:

  • a new 141 room hotel
  • new office spaces
  • new retail spaces on Queen Street
  • new basement parking, accessible from Elder Place
  • refurbishment of the exisiting shopping arcade
  • alterations to the existing facades on Cantonment Street and Elder Place
  • minor alterations to the existing car park.

Public comments are invited until August 21.

For more info:


Roel Loopers




Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, development, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on July 20, 2018


The City of Fremantle has appointed new members to the Design Advisory Committee that advises the Council on development matters. They are:

Mr Eamon Broderick (4 year term ending 30 June 2022) – new member
Ms Jennie Officer (4 year term) – new member
Mr Dominic Snellgrove (4 year term) – reappointment of previous member
Mr Sam Klopper (2 year term ending 30 June 2020) – new member
Mr Geoffrey London (2 year term) – reappointment of previous member

Deputy Members
Mr Patrick Kosky (4 year term) – reappointment of previous member
Ms Melinda Payne (2 year term) – reappointment of previous member

The appointments have been made in accordance with revised Terms of Reference for the DAC approved by the Council in May this year. One of the amendments to the terms of reference was to alter the length of time members will serve for, so that half the membership of the DAC will change every two years, rather than all members ending their term of office at the same time as has been the case up until now. The City believes this new arrangement will achieve a better balance between the benefits of experienced members who provide continuity of advice whilst also providing opportunity for new members to bring fresh points of view and different experience to the work of the DAC.

The DAC appoints its own Chair, and this will be done at the first meeting of the new committee on 30 July.

Roel Loopers



Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, city planning, development, Uncategorized by freoview on July 6, 2018


The WA state government has released a green paper of changes to the planning process. It is 81 pages long, so too long to blog it all, but below the most important aspects of it.

Fremantle architect Tobias Bush already remarked on social media that the word architect has not once been used on all the 81 pages, and that is a rather remarkable oversight, and a slap in the face of those professionals who create the future of our cities.


  • Local governments to have up-to-date local planning strategies, including one for housing, through which the community has a say in how their neighbourhood will be developed.
  • Make strategic planning for sustainable development the purpose of planning in Western Australia.

Make the planning system easy to access and understand

  • A single concise State Planning Policy framework with common elements for State, regional and local plans and policies.
  • A comprehensive local planning scheme will be available online for each local government including a local planning strategy, the statutory scheme and local planning policies.
  • Reduce red tape by standardising commonly used zones.

Open up the planning system and increase community engagement in planning

  • A Community Engagement Charter with a focus on up-front community involvement in strategic planning.
  • Re-balance Development Assessment Panel processes including recording meetings, providing reasons for decisions, and undertaking more comprehensive investigation and consideration of complex proposals.
  • Local governments to report annually on their planning responsibilities.

Make the planning system well-organised and more efficient

Refocus the planning system to deliver quality urban infill

  • Revise the WA Planning Commission (WAPC) to include 5-7 specialist members and increase their focus on strategic planning and policy development.
  • WAPC to delegate more statutory matters to the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage and accredited local governments.
  • Rethink administrative processes that add unnecessary time and cost to approvals processes.
  • The State Government, WAPC and local government to collaborate on the planning and delivery of key centres and infill locations and forward planning of infrastructure.
  • Develop a state planning policy focused on delivering consolidated and connected smart growth.
  • Provide for coordinated land use and transport planning of key urban corridors.


Roel Loopers



Hub commendation


THE HUB next to the Fremantle Roundhouse, created by Fremantle-based Harris Architects, was awarded a commendation at the recent WA architecture awards.

The Hub was created for the High Tide Biennale as the festival hub and has since become very popular for weddings on Arthur Head and school groups on excursions having their lunch break in it.

It is a delightful, light and open structure that mirrors the Roundhouse, so I am one of many who hope and wish that the City of Fremantle will allow The Hub to remain permanently on the Bathers Bay look out.

Roel Loopers




The Fremantle Kings Square FOMO retail development by Sirona Capital is a finalist in the World Architecture Festival 2018, with judging being held at the RAI  exhibition and convention centre in Amsterdam in November this year.

FOMO Fremantle, designed by HDR architects, has been selected as a finalist in the Leisure Led Development – Future Project category.

The World Architecture Festival celebrates inspiring and outstanding architecture. It is the only architecture event where keynote talks from the industry’s most influential figures occur together with live judging presentations from over 500 award finalists. It is the only global awards program where architects present their projects live to a panel of internationally renowned judges and delegates from around the world.

The $270m Kings Square Fremantle, which includes the new $50m City of Fremantle civic centre, is a transformational renewal project in the heart of Western Australia’s historic port city. It will become a major entertainment, retail, and employment precinct.

Roel Loopers

Sorry about the picture quality, but I could not find higher resolution.



Posted in city of fremantle, heritage, seasons, Uncategorized, winter by freoview on June 26, 2018



Nice soft winter morning light in the High Street mall today, shows that Fremantle is beautiful every day of the year.

Roel Loopers



Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, heritage, historic, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on June 18, 2018


Fremantle Council is reviewing its West End Conservation Area Policy, with the aim to put it in line with the area included in the WA Register of Heritage Places.

The agenda item on the agenda of the Strategic Planning and Transport Committee reads in part as follows:

The boundaries of the current policy extend well beyond the area commonly known as the West End, and accommodate diverse land use, built form and character. The area commonly known as the West End (Precinct 2 within the current policy) corresponds with one of the distinct areas established by John Septimus Roe in the first (published) town plan in 1833. This reflected both the topography of the area and its intended role within the hierarchy of the town, each area of which included distinctive block shapes and sizes as well as differing orientation, street widths and lot size.

The concentration of investment in the buildings within this area during the gold rush has created a strong built form character which has remained relatively intact, with buildings not only visually harmonious but also reflective of the function and evolution of the town’s early days. The significance of this area and its recent listing on the state heritage register prompt a tailored approach.

The current boundaries include areas of land exempt from approvals under the Local Planning Scheme (namely the Port area, Arthur Head Reserve and the Fishing Boat Harbour) which are controlled by the state, and areas within which the City’s primary control is as manager of the land, as opposed to through the scheme (such as The Agenda – Strategic Planning and Transport Committee 20 June 2018 Page 16 Esplanade and Arthur Head). Furthermore some of these areas, such as Arthur Head Reserve, are separate listings on the State Register of Heritage Places in their own right in recognition of their different (from the West End) character and qualities in terms of cultural heritage significance.

From an administrative perspective, it is recommended that these areas be excluded and covered in separate documents informing the City’s position on the planning and management of these areas, but recognising that the City’s approval under the scheme is generally not required. This has been occurring to a certain extent already, through the development of separate policies and masterplans for these areas, as outlined in Attachment 2. The boundaries of the current policy area overlap with those of Precinct 5 within Local Planning Policy 3.1.5 (LPP 3.1.5) (adopted in 2013) which causes inconsistency and confusion. LPP 3.1.5 recognises (as this policy does) that the Fremantle city centre is made up of a number of inter-related precincts which function as a whole. The boundaries of these precincts vary slightly, depending on whether they are being drawn more from a heritage versus zoning versus land use versus built form perspective, but as there is a relationship between all of these matters, so there are similarities in precinct boundaries. In relation to built form, it is preferable that each distinct area be subject to a single area-based policy. 

The item is on the agenda this coming Wednesday at 6pm at the SPT Committee of the City of Fremantle at the North Fremantle community hall.

Roel Loopers


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