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NOTRE DAME CREATES ART SPACE IN CHAPEL

Posted in architecture, art, city of fremantle, notre dame university, Uncategorized by freoview on October 23, 2019

 

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I bumped into Notre Dame University Pro Vice Chancellor Julian Smith yesterday morning who gave me the good news that the old Mariners Chapel on High Street, that was used as a computer room by NDA, will be converted into a small art gallery for architecture students to show their creations, but it will also be made available to local artists to exhibit once NDA has installed a professional art hanging system and lighting, so stay tuned!

Roel Loopers

HOW TO GET MORE COMMUNITY VALUE OUT OF PERCENTAGE FOR THE ARTS

Posted in architecture, art, city of fremantle, culture, development, local government, property, Uncategorized by freoview on October 16, 2019

 

An interesting article by Kim Macdonald on the Property Pages of the West Australian reports that some developers do not believe that public art is value for money and that the percentage for the arts scheme some councils, such as Fremantle, have is arbitrary and does not give enough consideration to location.

Good public art, that provokes debate and public engagement enhances our streets, but sometimes public art is only decorative and not of very high creative standards, but that of course is about personal taste as well.

Some of the huge mural paintings in Perth are outstanding, and I regret that the stunning artwork on the Fremantle Myer building as Kings Square could not be saved because I really liked it.

Developers do not like the percentage for the arts scheme because it adds cost to the building, but in Fremantle’s case the Manning building development by Silverleaf Investments for example has been allowed to use the percentage for the arts contribution to reinstate the old veranda along William Street.

Flexibility is what is needed, and I believe it is a sensible idea from Richard Pappas of Celcius Properties, who told the West that the public art money should be put into a pool, and not necessarily be part of a new development. Money could be spent instead on public spaces, amenities, playgrounds, extending the tree canopy, etc.

There is quite a bit of sameness in public art, especially 3D art where big steel beams appear to be the favourite for local and state development. The one thing the percentage for the arts need to do is enhance the quality and lifestyle of the community, so if that is a new park a few kilometres away from a new development that is an alternative councils should consider.

Roel Loopers

 

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PHOTOS OF A PROGRESSIVE CITY

 

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The latest photos of the Fremantle Kings Square Redevelopment Project and new Civic Centre to keep everyone in the loop about the progress.

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LEADERSHIP PERSPECTIVES ON FREMANTLE

 

FCC Leaders Lunch

 

The Fremantle Chamber of Commerce Leaders’ Lunch  with the topic Leadership Perspectives on Fremantle on Friday the 18th of October sounds like a very interesting one to attend.

It is at the Esplanade Hotel from 12.30 till 3pm and will have following speakers:

Matthew McNeilly, managing director of Sirona Capital, Julian Smith, Pro Vice Chancellor of Notre Dame University, Eve Clark, managing director of L3Harris, Brodie Carr, managing director of Tourism WA, and Geoffry London, Professor of Architecture at UWA.

Tickets are $ 110 for members and $ 125 for non member. Bookings at http://www.fremantlechamber.com.au/events.

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TREE BEAUTY AT OLD SYNAGOGUE TAVERN

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, development, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on October 9, 2019

 

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Nice to see that trees are being used to beautify the Fremantle Old Synagogue tavern development at Parry Street.

It will be interesting to see how they’ll grow through the steel frames and intertwine.

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IS VICTORIA QUAY DEVELOPMENT GOOD FOR FREMANTLE?

 

Fremantle Council wants the working port to continue for as long as possible but it also wants development all along Victoria Quay, and those South Quay plans are now investigated by the WA government, but will development on Victoria Quay benefit Fremantle or compete with inner city development?

A working port means that the buffer zones around the port do not allow for residential development or a hotel, so all we would be getting at VQ is commercial development of office, retail and hospitality space, as the three suggestions by CODA showed, when this went through a lengthy community consultation process some years ago.

Will it really be good for Fremantle to have competing development at the port when it will be a challenge to fill the new commercial accommodation that will come on line soon in the CBD, and will the City of Fremantle receive council rates from any development within the Fremantle Ports boundaries, or will we have many more buildings that don’t contribute to the City’s coffers?

Any new development at VQ will no doubt have a substantial hospitality component where people can enjoy harbour views and sunsets while dining out or having a drink, and that will mean that the City’s safety rangers will have more work, or would the Port have their own security to police that?

I believe that any development at Victoria Quay should come under the jurisdiction of the City of Fremantle and building owners should pay council rates, as our city needs the extra income much more than Fremantle Ports do.

Roel Loopers

THE OLD AND NEW OF FREMANTLE

 

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I got this interesting perspective from Fremantle Oval that shows part of the Kings Square redevelopment and the Townhall.

The crane is for the new Civic Centre building that is progressing well.

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TWO MORE BIG DEVELOPMENTS FOR FREMANTLE

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, city planning, development, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on September 5, 2019

 

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Two major Fremantle developments were approved by the Planning Committee on Wednesday evening.

The construction of four, three and four storey multiple dwelling buildings at Beazley Way in the WGV Sustainable Project in White Gum Valley went through without debate.

The development is proposed by Baugruppen and will be a citizen developers cooperate and would create 17 multiple dwellings.

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Also approved was the application by the Yolk Property Group for a six storey timber office building on the corner of High and Josephson streets, but Fremantle Society president John Dowson argued that the building was too high and above the height allowed for the area, while a resident claimed that a legal challenge might be coming because the City bought the site 49 years ago to widen Josephson Street so a building would be inappropriate.

Some Councillors asked why the sixth storey was not set back, as the planning scheme demanded, but it was argued that it would be detrimental to the elegant and restraint design of the building.

At the end they all agreed that it was an important development for the CBD and voted unanimously to approve it.

Roel Loopers

TIMBER OFFICE BUILDING FOR FREMANTLE CBD

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, development, local government by freoview on September 4, 2019

 

 

The Planning Committee of Fremantle Council will this evening consider the application for a six-storey sustainable timber building on the corner of High and Josephson streets, just east of Kings Square.

The application by the Yolk Property Group would create five levels of office accommodation plus ground level bar/restaurant. The officers recommend conditional approval for the development, that is considered to be an elegant construction by the City’s Design Advisory Panel.

However the application to waive the percentage for the arts contribution is not supported because the developers’ argument that an artwork would distract from the elegance of the buildings is not relevant.

I believe that it is important that the Kings Square Redevelopment Project is supported by other development in the immediate vicinity to achieve the activation of the CBD. The Yolk Group are also developing the former Spotlight site next to Target with the eight-storey residential Little Lane building. I was told this morning that they are very close to commencing with that development, which is good news for Fremantle.

I hope the Planning Committee will approve the development application.

Roel Loopers

 

NEW OLD LOOK FOR FREMANTLE MANNING BUILDING

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, conversation, development, heritage, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on September 4, 2019

 

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The veranda posts of the Manning building along Market Street are being put in and looking very good, while workers are now removing the paint on the facade in the High Street mall and William Street.

In Paddy Troy lane one really becomes aware of how significant this development is, so go and have a look!

This is an important development of the historic building by Fremantle based Silverleaf Investments which are one of the major players in our city.

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