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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!

A NEW HEART FOR BEACONSFIELD

Posted in beaconsfield, city of fremantle, development, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on July 23, 2017

 

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This is Fremantle so of course negative comments have been made on social media about the City of Fremantle wanting to create a Masterplan for Beaconsfield and a Scheme Amendment for the Davis Park Precinct.

I do not understand the negativity over long-term strategic planning for the precinct as Fremantle Council is trying to make a positive out of the departure of TAFE and the Department of Housing wanting to make changes to the Davis Park Precinct properties, of which they own 90%.

This create great opportunities  near the new Fremantle College that will be the result of merging the South Fremantle and Hamilton Hill senior high schools.

The City of Fremantle has been conducting The Heart of Beaconsfield community consultation sessions, that will result in a masterplan for the precinct. In my books that is good sensitive planning ahead of the inevitable changes.

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The Housing Authority requested a scheme amendment(No 72) for Davis Park, so that they can renew properties and build higher density.

I understand that it stresses some people who live at Davis Park that they might have to be relocated, but it is all due to Housing wanting to improve the living conditions.

The Active Foundation also wants to update its facilities in the area, and the CoF is also looking at implementing a structure plan for the former Lefroy Road quarry.

The departure of TAFE from Beacy and essential changes Housing want to make have forced the City’s hand, but it could be the start of the major revitalisation of the precinct.

Fremantle Council has been active in making  positives out of what were negatives. The departure of MYER from Kings Square resulted in the Kings Square Project development concept, and the departure of the Dockers resulted in the Fremantle Oval/Stan Reilley Project.

Some historic details:

Colonial settlement of the area dates from the 1860s. The land bounded by South Street, Caesear Street, Lefroy Road and Fifth Avenue was developed by Henry Maxwell Lefroy as a vineyard and orchard, know as ‘Mulberry Farm’. The western portion of the estate was used for dairying purposes by identities such as Lane, Fletcher, Wade and Caesar.

During the 1940s Mulberry Farm was resumed by the State Housing Commission and 145 weatherboard and iron houses were built with timber imported form Denmark to house migrant building tradesman who were brought to the state to boost the Perth workforce.

Between 1978 and 1981 the old houses were demolished and the estate was redeveloped by the State Housing Commission to construct the houses that are there today.

 

Roel Loopers

 

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FREO ARCHITECT DAVID BARR STEPS UP

Posted in architecture, fremantle, home, housing, living, Uncategorized by freoview on July 12, 2017

 

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Congratulations to Fremantle architect DAVID BARR who won the LandCorp Step Up competition for sustainable medium-density housing with their ‘passive haus’ design for North Coogee.

Here the reasons why the judges believe they deserved to win:

KEY POINTS

AFFORDABLE DESIGNS
The winning design delivers a cost-effective build process, but also addresses the ongoing cost of living in the home through sustainability measures and shared facilities.

DESIGN QUALITY
Featuring an active edge, with integrated planter boxes on balconies and gold-finned window frames, a roof garden and shaded back verandah, the design offers a balance of privacy and community and will deliver an attractive, landmark development.

SUSTAINABILITY
The project will be Western Australia’s first apartment building to achieve an average 9-star NatHERS rating. It employs climate-responsive design and will be a Zero Energy building, meaning it will generate more energy than it consumes annually.

INNOVATION
The project will use a prefabricated ‘passive haus’ construction system, the first of its kind in Western Australia, which allows a rapid build process and significant savings on construction costs.

ENERGY EFFICIENCY
A PV system supported by 42kWh of energy storage will allow energy generated on-site to be used on-site, reducing peak demand by 30%.

WATER EFFICIENCY
A shared underground rainwater tank and above-code water efficiency measures are expected to reduce average water use by 60% and cut household water bills by up to $180 a year.

WASTE EFFICIENCY
Construction waste is dramatically reduced as a result of the prefabricated ‘passive haus’ system, and any waste created during the build will be recycled. The project includes space for green waste composting and a ‘swap space’ allowing residents to offer items they no longer need, but which may be useful to someone else.

FREO NEEDS FAMILY FRIENDLY DEVELOPMENT

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, family, living, Uncategorized by freoview on July 6, 2017

 

Interesting to read that there is an increasing demand for big 3-4 bedroom apartments by people who want to down-size from a house to a unit.

There is and oversupply of small 1-2 bedroom apartments in the Perth metropolitan area and some planned projects have been put on hold or cancelled because supply well exceeds demand in these difficult economic times.

The demand is for extra and larger living spaces for families and also for the 3rd or 4th bedroom to be used as a home office.

I believe this is relevant for Fremantle where new residential apartments don’t appear to cater for singles and couple, but not for families.

Freo is a family city and we love kids and it would be a shame if new infill development did exclude families because the units are too small and not family friendly.

 

Roel Loopers

LIV AND LET LIVE

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, development, living, Uncategorized by freoview on June 23, 2017

 

The LIV apartment development by Defence Housing in Fremantle’s east end is fast taking shape as these photos taking from Quarry Street show.

The building is opposite the recently opened Heirloom apartments so it will substantially add to the activation and beautification of the area.

Roel Loopers

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LITTLE LANE INNER CITY LIVING

Posted in city of fremantle, development, living, Uncategorized by freoview on June 23, 2017

 

The Little Lane residential development on the former Spotlight site at the Westgate Mall will have a display suite opening soon at 52 Adelaide Street. See http://www.littlelane.com.au

The seven-storey development will be real inner city living as it is just a minute away from Kings Square.

It will offer 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments and ground-level retail. The rooftop will be full of solar panels which means residents will get 10% off their electricity bills.

While I am disappointed with the uninspiring architecture of the seven-storey building I like the little lane idea for the drab Westgate Mall a lot.

Retail incubator MANY 2.0 is occupying the Spotlight building until development start and a new cafe there has just opened, so go an support all those small local businesses. They are open Thursday-Sunday.

Roel Loopers

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VILLA LA FRANCE FREO!

Posted in city of fremantle, retail, shopping, Uncategorized by freoview on June 14, 2017

 

It’s Vive La France! in the Fremantle High Street Mall with new homeware shop VILLA opening.

The shop looks great and also sells French poster art, furniture and all kinds of stuff, so go and have a look soon.

The owner told me that they do have plans to open up next door as well and start a French cafe if business is alright, so support them!

Roel Loopers

P.S. This is a community service and not an advertorial! I don’t make any money from publishing this blog.

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WEST END DEVELOPMENT

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, development, Uncategorized by freoview on June 12, 2017

 

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Out of curiosity I wandered into the cavernous carpark opposite the former Fremantle Workers Club in Henry Street on the weekend, as I had been seeing tradesmen going in and out for a few months, to discover there is a development going on in there.

It is on the corner of High and Henry streets where years ago they wanted to build a large hotel, but the sign states it is going to be a residential/commercial development, and it looks like it’s only three storey high.

There are also good plans to develop the former Fremantle Workers Club into residential apartments, so two good developments will make that part of Henry Street a whole lot more attractive and will add to activation of the West End.

Roel Loopers

PAPARAZZI ON HORATIO

Posted in art, fremantle, Uncategorized by freoview on May 22, 2017

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No one is more very Freo than artist Horatio Birdbath, so when I saw him sitting at a bus stop on South Terrace, when I had to stop behind a bus at the Fremantle Markets, I could not resist and take this paparazzi photo of  him.

Roel Loopers

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POPULAR FREMANTLE AUCTION

Posted in fremantle, property, real estate, Uncategorized by freoview on May 6, 2017

 

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There was quite a bit of interest this morning at the  auction for the building on the corner of Marine Terrace and Cliff Street in Fremantle.

It is a beautiful building opposite the Shipwreck Museum and one minute away from Bathers Beach.

But I did not win the Lotto jackpot again on Thursday. ; >(

Roel Loopers

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