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GOOD LOOKING FREO KINGS SQUARE

 

 

The three viewing windows are now all accessible to the public to look at the building progress of the new Fremantle Civic Centre and the final touches of the Sirona Capital buildings behind it.

The Kings Square Redevelopment Project is modernising the inner city, so I can’t wait for its completion with a new children’s playground added as well.

It was such a nice clear sky on Friday afternoon that I had to take these photos. Click on them to enlarge!

Roel Loopers

FREO BUILDING APPROVALS WELL ABOVE THE WEST

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, development, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on August 23, 2019

 

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While building approvals in Western Australia have almost halved in the last five years Fremantle is doing much better and is still going strong according to the latest statistics released, as the graphic shows.

Now hoping that all those development approvals will be realised fast into new great buildings, as some have been procrastinating. We are still waiting on the Hilton Double Tree hotel, the Woolstores hotel development and the Little Lane residential development which were approved a long time ago.

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ROYAL GEORGE FUTURE IN DOUBT AGAIN

 

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The future of the heritage listed Royal George hotel in East Fremantle remains in doubt with owners Saracen Properties telling East Freo council that a seven-storey limit for the site is not financially viable for them to develop because they need a minimum plot ratio of 2:1 to make it work. Saracen had proposed a 21 storey residential tower behind the old hotel.

The Town of East Fremantle Council passed amendments last week with new restrictions for development and a maximum height of seven storeys.

It is great to hear though that Saracen has confirmed they will go ahead with the $ 6 million restoration of the beautiful building and will start with that next year.

W.A. Planning Minister Rita Saffioti has the final say in this, so let’s wait and see what the outcome will be.

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MORE SUSTAINABILITY FOR FREMANTLE

Posted in city of fremantle, city planning, environment, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on August 14, 2019

 

Fremantle has updated its Sustainable Building Policy to ensure Fremantle continues to be a leader in sustainable development.

The Sustainable Building Policy was adopted in 2011 and requires new residential and commercial buildings with a floor area of greater than 1000m2 to achieve a minimum 4-star ‘Green Star’ rating.

Mayor Brad Pettitt said as a result of the policy Fremantle had become a showcase for sustainable development.

“The award winning Liv apartments in Queen Victoria Street and the Evermore development in White Gum Valley have both been designed and built to be more energy efficient, saving residents money on power bills, and both have achieved One Planet accreditation thanks to their water and energy saving appliances, solar PV, double-glazing, organic waste and recycling facilities.

The Kings Square Renewal project component by Sirona Capital will feature 5-star Green Star commercial spaces, while the City’s new civic centre will be one of the most energy efficient buildings of its size in Australia.

The refinements made to the City’s Sustainable Building Policy include allowing the use of other equivalent assessment tools, such as One Planet certification, and streamlining implementation measures to clarify how compliance will be achieved before and after construction.

In reviewing the Sustainable Building Policy, the council also voted to rescind its Energy Efficient Building Design Policy, adopted in 2000, because the Building Code, national guidelines and other state planning policies have overtaken it.

The Freo Mayor said  “It’s another example of where local governments can explore new and innovative ideas at a local level, and if they prove successful they can be adopted more broadly.”

In addition to the Sustainable Building Policy the City of Fremantle also has planning policies that allow higher density if the development meets certain sustainability requirements, such as achieving a higher energy rating, the installation of solar panels and a rainwater tank or greywater system.

The Knutsford East Local Structure Plan also offers bonuses in height and density for design and sustainability excellence.

The Knutsford precinct includes Landcorp’s ground-breaking East Village development, in which 36 homes will be powered by 100 per cent renewable energy using roof top solar panels and a shared community battery.

In an Australian first, a village micro-grid will allow residents to generate and share energy with their neighbours using an innovative energy trading platform.

Roel Loopers

MORE BEAUTIFICATION IN FREMANTLE

 

 

Walking around Fremantle it is always good to see when building owners do maintenance or apply a new coat of paint on heritage buildings, as has been happening all along historic High Street, so nice that more scaffolding is going up for more beautification where the Record Finder shop used to be.

At the same time it is sad to see quite a few heritage buildings neglected, such as the former Terminus Hotel on the corner of Pakenham and Short streets.

At Kings Square the window cleaners have been abseiling for a few days on the new Sirona Capital buildings.

Roel Loopers

HOW EFFECTIVE WILL NEW PLANNING PANELS BE?

 

Interesting to hear that WA Planning Minister Rita Saffioti wants to make changes to the  state’s Joint Development Assessment Panels-JDAP and reduce the panels from 9 to only 3.

Saffioti instead wants to establish a team of 10 full-time experts who would help assess major development proposals alongside local councillors. They would replace the current 48 member pool that is drawn from the planning industry.

I am not sure how effective it would be when the full-time experts would work with local councillors or if it would remain very much as it is at present at JDAP meetings where local councils are under-represented with two councillors versus three other panel members.

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BEACH STREET DEVELOPMENT ON THE WAY?

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, development, property, residential, Uncategorized by freoview on August 13, 2019

 

 

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Good to see activity on the  Beach Street site next to the Australia Hotel. From memory, and please correct me if I am wrong, an eight-storey residential building was approved for the site by Fremantle council, so hopefully that is what is happening.

Roel Loopers

FREO KINGS SQUARE UPDATE

 

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I am one of many people in the Fremantle community who believe that the Kings Square Redevelopment Project is a positive one for our city, so I walk by every day to have a look at the progress made.

The fencing around the two Sirona Capital buildings have been removed so one is able to get a glimpse of the interior and things to come.

The work by MG Group on the public realm has also started and we will soon see new cobblestones, pavers and concrete pavers. MG will also create soft landscaping, lighting, seating, CCTV and more, so things are happening and changing fast at our city square.

I took the photos above mid morning today.

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FREO’S HILTON NOT SOLD TO TWIGGY OF COURSE

Posted in april fools, architecture, city of fremantle, development, hospitality, hotel, Uncategorized by freoview on August 12, 2019

 

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It is taking forever for the SKS Group to build the Fremantle Hilton Doubletree hotel on the former Point Street car park site and they are a bit slow reading Freo’s View blog posts as well it appears.

I received an email this morning threatening me with legal action if I do not remove my blog post that Twiggy Forrest had bought the site.

The blog post was one of four April Fools blogs I published on April 1 this year and I made it clear in a later post that the posts were only April Fools.

I have suggested to the SKS Group to walk down to the chemist and get an injection of humour.  ;>)

I have also asked them to please start with the construction of the hotel asap as the Fremantle community has been waiting for it to happen far too long.

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WILLIAM STREET ACCESS TO CAR PARK NOW OPEN

Posted in cars, city of fremantle, Kings Square Redevelopment Project, parking, Uncategorized by freoview on August 10, 2019

 

 

Traders in the Fremantle CBD will be happy that Sirona Capital has opened the core of the Henderson Street car park and that people can now enter and exit via William Street and the two new lifts in the building.

The car park has been renovated as part of the Kings Square Redevelopment Project but the roof top is still a construction site for a few more weeks.

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