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MORE AWARDS FOR FREMANTLE SLAVIN ARCHITECTS

Posted in architecture, awards, buildings, city of fremantle, development, Uncategorized by freoview on September 8, 2018

 

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My friends at North Fremantle SLAVIN ARCHITECTS are getting showered with awards for the very creative Mediterranean Shipping Company building in Cliff Street.

They just received the 2018 Australian Steel Industry Award for Small Projects, and already were awarded with the 2017 WA Architecture Awards – Winner – Colorbond Steel Award for Innovation in Steel, 2017 WA Architecture Awards – Commendation – Sustainability, 2017 WA Heritage Awards – Finalist – Conservation or Adaptive Re-use, 2018 Australian Steel Institute – Winner – Steel Excellence (Small Buildings), and also van Diddens painters received 2016 Master Painters Awards – Winner – Historical Restoration and the 2016 Master Painters Awards – Winner – Industrial and Protective Coatings.

Make sure to consider our excellent Fremantle architects for your next building projects!

Roel Loopers

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STUNNING FREMANTLE HERITAGE REFLECTION

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, heritage, maritime, photography, Uncategorized by freoview on May 17, 2018

 

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Regular readers of Freo’s View know that I love taking photos of reflections. I do it ‘to keep my eye in’ and to always be very observant and aware of my surroundings.

I took the photo above this morning in Cliff Street of the Mediterranean Shipping Company-MSC building reflected in the roof and windscreen of a red car. It’s upside down of course.

Fremantle Heritage Week is on next week, so check out the printed program. They are available at the Roundhouse, Fremantle Library and elsewhere.

Roel Loopers

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SUNRISE IN FREO’S HISTORIC WEST END

 

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It was pretty chilly this morning at sunrise and a few passers by must have thought the bearded old fellow in short sleeves was suffering from dementia, but it was all for the sake of photography.

I so much love Fremantle’s historic High Street and the entire West End. It always looks gorgeous, but even more so at sunset and sunrise.

Roel Loopers

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MSC SHOWS RESPECT FOR FREO’S HERITAGE

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, heritage, maritime, Uncategorized by freoview on May 7, 2018

 

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The Mediterranean Shipping Company is justifiably proud about the renovations they did on the beautiful old building on the corner of Cliff and Phillimore streets in Fremantle.

Last month they added the lovely cupola on top of the tower and on the weekend they hoisted the bright MSC flag above the building.

Roel Loopers

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MSC CUPOLA GREAT HERITAGE FEATURE

Posted in architecture, buildings, city of fremantle, heritage, Uncategorized by freoview on April 13, 2018

 

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What an absolute delight it was this Friday morning to see the Mediterranean Shipping Company-MSC reinstalling the cupola on top of the heritage building on the corner of Cliff and Philimore streets.

The company has to be thanked and applauded for spending a lot of money on doing that important bit extra.  They should be an example and inspiration for other property owners of heritage buildings in Fremantle’s West End and elsewhere to reinstall some of the former features on buildings.

Very well done MSC and a big thank you from the Fremantle community!

Roel Loopers

 

WEST END CAR ACCIDENT

Posted in accidents, cars, city of fremantle, Uncategorized by freoview on June 8, 2017

 

 

A lot of people like the modern creative new Mediterranean Shipping Company building in Fremantle’s Cliff Street, but this motorist clearly went for a too close-up look of the Slavin Architects designed building this Thursday morning.

St John’s ambulance and the fire brigade attended the scene.

Roel Loopers

MSC MOVES INTO FREO’S WEST END

Posted in architecture, development, fremantle, heritage, western australia by freoview on September 15, 2016

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The MSC (Mediterranean Shipping Company) building in Cliff Street has been handed over by the builders and architects to the owners and 160 staff will occupy the new modern building and the refurbished heritage former Elders building in Fremantle’s West End.

I think the buildings look great and the new one designed by North Fremantle Slavin Architects makes a modern attractive statement in the historic part of the city.

Also opening soon is the Atwell Arcade where some new retailers have already moved in plus 300 office staff upstairs, so that is a significant number of new workers (and shoppers, coffee drinkers, lunch eaters) in the CBD.

Now hoping the State Government will sign a lease for office space with Sirona Capital and the Kings Square development will also start soon as that would bring another 1,500 office workers to Fremantle.

Roel Loopers

RESPECTING HERITAGE A MUST FOR NEW FREO BUILDINGS

Posted in architecture, development, fremantle, heritage, western australia by freoview on July 5, 2016

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The gorgeous old former Elders building on the corner of Cliff and Phillimore streets is being revealed again after extensive work on it as part of the new MSC-Mediterranean Shipping Company’s new office building next to it.

The new modern building adjoining it, designed by North Fremantle Murray Slavin Architects, shows that respectful modern design can be complimentary to neighbouring heritage buildings like the Elders one.

It is however a whole different and very disappointing story down the road at the new Quest Hotel building on the corner of Pakenham and Short streets. The designers show no respect whatsoever for the heritage building and the historic Pakenham streetscape. I think the building is a disgrace as it diminishes the heritage warehouse.

Sirona Capital who are the developers of the hotel have big signs stating “Investing in Fremantle’s Future” If this is the standard of buildings Sirona want to build in Freo I suggest they go and invest somewhere else because we want excellence in our historic city, not mediocrity.

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE DEVELOPING FAST

Posted in city of fremantle, development, fremantle, western australia by freoview on June 1, 2016

 

The crane at Fremantle Atwell Arcade came down very early this morning, so the building should be opening soon and become home to office workers and new shops.

Development is happening all over Freo with the verandas being reinstalled at the Henderson Street Warders Cottages, the first tenants have moved in at the Gunners Cottages at Cantonment Hill, and the Heirloom by Match development at Queen Victoria Street has finished its first apartments, which are now open for inspection, and the MSC building in Cliff Street is also at the final stages.

The announcement if and where the Department of Housing will be moving in Fremantle is also due in a few months, so Freo is on track for its economic recovery.

Roel Loopers

 

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DEVELOPMENT A GOOD MATCH FOR FREMANTLE

Posted in city of fremantle, development, local government by freoview on September 30, 2015

I am not sure at all that the residents of North Fremantle near McCabe Street are going to like this, but the headquarters of the Mediterranean Shipping Company at 15 McCabe Street is for sale. The real estate agent says the 1690 sqm. site has “significant redevelopment appeal” so maybe the locals there are in for another battle to stop highrise buildings in the area.

The MSC staff will relocate to their new building in Cliff Street later this year, and that is a welcome development for the West End of Fremantle and no doubt good for the cafes along High Street.

Another development will be going ahead in the centre of Fremantle soon, with Council giving approval to the Match group to redevelop the former Energy Museum site at Parry Street.

The heritage-listed building will be developed into a Bread in Common-style food and beverage venue and behind it a four-storey apartment building will be built that will house forty 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments. I hope the apartment building will compliment the heritage building with good matching design and not negatively overshadow it.

I am not sure if the initial idea to also have a micro brewery on site has been dropped after protest from residents and St Patrick’s so stay tuned.

I believe a Bread in Common style venue would be great for the East of the CBD and will become a real attraction for the hundreds of people who will move into the area once the Heirloom development is finished in 2017. It would fit in well with the Hilton hotel development, the upgrade of Princess May Park and new tenants for the former FTI building.

Roel Loopers

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