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KINGS SQUARE PROJECT INFO AT TOWNHALL

Posted in city of fremantle, development, kings square, Uncategorized by freoview on August 22, 2017

 

Kings Square

 

If you want to know more about the Fremantle KINGS SQUARE PROJECT head to the Townhall on Wednesday-tomorrow!

From 11 am to 2 pm there will be information boards inside the atrium to have a look at and I assume there will be people there you can have a chat with.

The Visitor Centre will be relocated during the construction of the new Civic Centre and will be in front of the Townhall close to the High Street Mall.

 

Roel Loopers

CODA ARCHITECTS MERGE WITH NATIONAL COX GROUP

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, city planning, Uncategorized by freoview on August 16, 2017

 

In a distinct acknowledgement of their high standards and credibility Fremantle’s CODA architects and city planners have merged with nationally acclaimed COX Architects.

Cox Howlett&Bailey, Woodland are highly respected in Western Australia and beyond, so this is a significant move for the Freo CODA group.

They have now moved from Elder Place to 360 Murray Street in Perth, but CODA director Kieran Wong and his family will continue to live in South Fremantle.

I have great respect for CODA and its directors and wish them all the best!

 

Roel Loopers

PRIME MINISTER WANTS TO FUND NEW WA PORT

Posted in city of fremantle, federal government, fremantle ports, Uncategorized by freoview on August 8, 2017

 

Busy Fremantle Port today

 

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, who has been battling the Abbott virus for some time, mentioned in an interview with the Sunday Times on the weekend that his government is interested in helping to fund a major port project in Western Australia.

One has to assume he meant the overflow port at Kwinana, which would open up Fremantle Port for part development, such as the South Quay Project suggested by the City of Fremantle.

Now that Fremantle Port will not be sold/leased out for 50 years the opportunities for development and changes at the port are real, but it requires more flexibility from the Port administration and board, and willingness to change some of the buffer zones around the harbour.

Fremantle Ports need to start behaving more like it is part of the Fremantle community, rather than as if it is not connected to it, and they should learn from Notre Dame University on how to become a better corporate citizen of Freo.

It seems rather inconsistent that large cruise ships with thousands of mainly elderly passengers on board can be in Port for a day or more, but that the buffer zones don’t allow for tourist accommodation or residential development at Victoria Quay.

If some of the port operations could be moved to Kwinana it would create fantastic opportunities to develop non operational areas of the port.

 

Roel Loopers

ESPLANADE NEW HUB ON SLOW BURNER

Posted in city of fremantle, esplanade reserve, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on August 8, 2017

 

A new burger restaurant on the Fremantle Esplanade remains a pipe dream for the time being, as City of Fremantle officers do not believe building the new hospitality venue should be a priority for the City, and they are hesitant to recommend that proponent Parklife should construct the building themselves on crown land.

The City has nominated $ 1.1 million in its forward budget estimates to construct the so-called Esplanade Hub in the 2018/19 financial year, however it is likely the officers will recommend to council that this is a lower priority project when compared to other projects. so it is probable that it will be delayed till at least 2019/20.

The Esplanade Reserve Masterplan was signed off in 2015, but has been controversial in the community, with even some senior officers at the City not being supportive of the new ‘hub’ idea near the railway line and Tourist Wheel.

At the Strategy and Project Development Committee last night Councillor Rachel Pemberton mentioned that sometimes Council loses track of Masterplans and they grow too big, and she said the area is surrounded by food and beverage options already.

Other Councillors said they would not want to be burned again, as happened with the Sunset Events tavern at J Shed.

Councillors Doug Thompson and Andrew Sullivan were at loggerheads, with Thompson saying that the Kings Square Project was the main focus for the City and it could not afford another major project for five years or so, while Sullivan said the Esplanade was crying out right now for that kind of development and that a city like Fremantle should be able to handle more major projects at the same time.

Councillor Ingrid Waltham said the City should be looking for other options, a smaller cafe, and that the proposed burger restaurant was too big. Councillor Pemberton agreed and said the community would not be too happy to lose more of the grassed area, and that it might be better to do the project in the future when the Esplanade was extended into the Italian Club carpark.

Councillor Thompson made one of the best observations of the evening, by saying that no one had ever said to him that we need to redevelop the cafe on the Esplanade.

Councillor Pemberton also questioned if the Dismantle containers were actually used and suggested strongly that if they are not used they should be removed, or Council could take them over for uses related to the Esplanade Youth Plaza, such as skateboard hire.

I believe the City of Fremantle would do well to investigate what can be done to retain the Carriage Cafe in its present location, as moving it might structurally not be possible. Instead of spending a lot of money on building a new food outlet, Council should be looking at how it can support the existing cute cafe and help it grow into a restaurant and small bar with nearby public toilets.

We don’t always have to reinvent the wheel in Freo and we don’t really need another burger outlet, or another food outlet when there are nine of them on the other side of the railway line at the Fishing Boat Harbour, from Little Creatures, Baskin&Robbins, Joe’s Fish Shack, Han’s Cafe, Cicerello’s, Kailis, Char Char Bull, Bathers Beach House, all the way to Sweetlips.

 

Roel Loopers

SLOW MOTION FOR FREO PUBLIC TOILETS

Posted in city of fremantle, kings square, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on August 8, 2017

 

The City of Fremantle Strategy and Project Development Committee, chaired by Councillor Rachel Pemberton, met last night to deliberate some interesting items, one of them was public toilets at the Kings Square Project.

There was a presentation by a CoF officer who had looked into duplicating the CitiPlace model of the City of Perth, that operates at the railway station there, but it would cost $ 500,000 for a 150sqm. space within the new Civic Centre at Kings Square plus $ 10,000 per week in staffing cost. That was considered a wee bit too much.

There will be seven public toilet locations in the new retail development of Sirona Capital and Civic Square, but all of them will be closed after business hours.

It seems strange that the Kings Square development is promoted as the activation of the CBD with bars, cafes, restaurants, cinema, etc. but does not cater for visitors who need to have a number one or number two after 6 pm.

I had scribbled down that strangely the committee members only seemed to consider public toilets in the new Civic Centre, until Councillor Dave Hume piped up and said he believed the toilets should be in a different location, for example Queen Street. Hear. hear!

I agree with Dave Hume as there is a need for public toilets near the bus stops around Target, and homeless people, tourists, etc. will need to have access to public toilets 24/7 or they will do it in doorways and all over the place.

There used to be two automatic toilets in William Street in the Queensgate building that were open all hours, so maybe a few of those could be put around the inner city.

 

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE KINGS SQUARE WEBSITE LIVE

Posted in city of fremantle, kings square, sirona capital, Uncategorized by freoview on August 7, 2017

 

The Fremantle Kings Square Project website http://www.kingssquarefremantle.com is finally live, so check it out regularly to keep up to date with the development, and also keep an eye on their Facebook page.

This is part of the website page:

At the centre of Fremantle’s civic and commercial heart this once-in-a-generation project will transform the heart of WA’s favourite port city into a vibrant commercial and community hub in coming years – it’s the Kings Square Renewal Project…

It’s the largest public-private infrastructure project in Fremantle’s history. A precinct-wide renewal of the Freo city centre with project partners Sirona Capital and the City of Fremantle redeveloping the buildings and public spaces in Kings Square where you will be able to:

  • Eat and shop – with a retail and dining experience designed with Freo people in mind, unlike anything seen before in Australia
  • Work – new 5-star green star commercial spaces including office accommodation for more than 1,500 State Government employees relocating to Fremantle
  • Relax – a revamped city square complete with landscaped grassed area, shady trees, public art and new street furniture
  • Play – a major new children’s play space and baby change facilities
  • Learn and transact – state-of-the-art council customer service and community learning hub (which includes a new library)
  • Meet – new competition-winning City administration building with purpose-built indoor and outdoor community spaces and meeting rooms

The new Kings Square will also:

  • Boost the local economy –  more than 2,100 new local jobs and an estimated $358m injected into the local economy
  • Cater for everyone – designed for accessibility, the new buildings and public spaces will enable people of all ages and abilities to enjoy everything on offer in Kings Square 
  • Embrace technology – Free Wifi throughout the precinct with CCTV and enhanced lighting
  • Utilise ESD (Environmentally Sustainable Design) principles –  Energy efficient building design with the use of renewable energy and water saving technologies 
  • Be sensitive to local heritage – the buildings and public spaces  will fit with the unique character and history of Kings Square, enhancing the heritage values of the Fremantle Town Hall and church and becoming Freo’s future heritage

More workers, more activity during the working week, more people that may move to Fremantle to be closer to work in the city centre, more shops, more money for the local economy, more indirect jobs created, more community events, improved community safety and a better reputation for Fremantle. 

It’s a game-changer for Fremantle!

NO LUNATIC ARCHITECTURE FOR HISTORIC WEST END!

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, development, heritage, Uncategorized by freoview on August 7, 2017

 

 

The lunatic development proposal for five storey buildings at 2 Henry and 7 Pakenham Street in Fremantle’s heritage West End Precinct will be deliberated at the W.A. Joint Development Assessment Panel(JDAP) this Wednesday August 9 at 10am at the Townhall. (Enter from the backstairs near the former Myer building).

Anton Capital and Hassel Architects show very little consideration for the unique heritage aspects and streetscapes of the historic West End, and hence the State Heritage Office recommended the refusal of the development, as did Fremantle Council unanimously.

The last thing we want to see in the West End is oversized boring concrete boxes, but that is all the architects could come up with. That is very disrespectful, arrogant and inconsiderate.

The City of Fremantle  and W.A. State agencies need to take a strong stand agains totally inappropriate development proposals for Freo’s gorgeous West End.

These applications are a total waste of time for the City’s planning department and for JDAP, Heritage Office, Planning Commission, etc. as they are un-approvable!

 

Roel Loopers

 

FREO COMMUNITY GETS BACK ITS OVAL

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle dockers, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on August 7, 2017

 

 

The City of Fremantle will get back the keys to Fremantle Oval this week after a deal was struck with the Dockers AFL football club to relinquish their 37-year-lease over the oval.

It has been a disappointing process as the Dockers insisted on getting paid for their clubhouse and Fremantle City after lengthy negotiations reluctantly agreed to pay the footy club $ 1,5 million over three years.

The City will now use the precinct for temporary staff accommodation during the construction of the new Civic Centre at Kings Square. It will also create 140 new public car bays on the Stan Reilly site next to the oval.

The very good news for the Fremantle community is that the city has a concept Fremantle Oval Project plan that will see the oval used again for concerts and events. This will help spread the load of all the festivals, events and concerts in Fremantle and will reduce the use of the suffering Esplanade reserve.

The Fremantle Oval Project, together with the Kings Square Project and the imminent development of the police and justice complex in Henderson Street by Silverleaf will positively change the southern heart of the CBD and connect Wray Avenue with the Cappuccino Strip.

I am delighted to see so much progress in the inner city, as long as we stop some of the the loony development proposals for the heritage West End.

 

Roel Loopers

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KINGS SQUARE PALMS RELOCATED

Posted in city of fremantle, kings square, trees, Uncategorized by freoview on July 28, 2017

 

 

The relocation today of two 12-metre tall and 20 ton heavy palm trees at Fremantle’s Kings Square is the symbolic start of the Kings Square Project development.

The tree are being re-alligned to fit in with the other palm trees in the square, and other trees at our city square will be removed in due course to accommodate the development.

It is the start of a bright new modern future for Fremantle and one that will kick start our retail and hospitality industries and make Freo a seven day a week destination again.

 

Roel Loopers

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GREAT ARCHITECTURE STRESS RELIEF

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, development, heritage, Uncategorized by freoview on July 27, 2017

 

After Fremantle Council last night rejected the awful development proposal for the historic West End, the newsletter of HAMES SHARLEY Architects comes timely today, to remind us that good architecture can help us de-stress.

The article by Peter Kempshall refers to research by the University of Warwick, that concluded that while green space is very important in the urban environment, aesthetically pleasing buildings are also a boost to our mental wellbeing.

Senior Associate Rachel Seal of Hames Sharley said that “There is no reason why an urban environment can’t have the same qualities to reduce stress as a natural one.”

If we can create urban green spaces framed by beautiful and site responsive architecture and marry the two elements together, all the better.”

“It’s that kind of mix that really makes the city cohesive, right down to the micro level of interior design. Design is concerned with the experience from both inside and outside buildings.

I wished more architects would consider these thoughts, because cheap and cheerful concrete boxes will hardly ever have the visual impact that great creative design does have.

Spatial respect for streetscapes, history and lifestyle of place should be top priorities when designing for character suburbs and places of historic significance, such as Fremantle.

Roel Loopers

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