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FRIENDS OF ROYAL GEORGE AGAINST HIGHRISE

 

 

The news that The Friends of Royal George community group has been established in East Fremantle makes sense as it is always important for state government agencies to be aware of the feelings in the community, even when East Fremantle Council’s Royal George scheme amendment only allows for six storey buildings in the area.

Saracen Properties wants to build a slim 15 storey tower on top of a four storey podium, but it is unlikely JDAP or SAT would approve that under the present local scheme.

People point out that a state agency approved 16 storeys on the former Subiaco market site, but that is very different from the East Freo proposal. The Subi site is only metres away from the train station and bus transport and that does not apply to the East Fremantle location that is miles away from the Fremantle railway station and not that close to other forms of public transport either.

While I personally quite like the elegant tall spike designed by Michael Patroni’s spaceagency and do believe a landmark highrise would be appropriate in that location, I also believe that the 19 storey proposal does not adequately address the urban infill requirements of the state government.

When we impose very high buildings on a low rise community the main purpose of the development should be to create many new homes for many people, and not as is the case at the Royal George a mere 40 apartments for a few selected well off on 15 floors.

I am not sure if Saracen Properties will present their proposal to JDAP or come up with a much lower building. The architects told me some weeks ago that they are still looking at it on the computer.

Roel Loopers

 

BAUGRUPPEN CONCEPT FOR FREMANTLE

 

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Western Australian homebuyers are being offered the opportunity to be part of a unique project that would see them band together to finance, purchase and construct a new apartment development – removing the developer from the process in a move expected to deliver significant savings.

The Baugruppen Demonstration Project, to be located at LandCorp’s award-winning WGV residential estate in Fremantle’s White Gum Valley, is a partnership with the University of Western Australia.

Based on a German concept, Baugruppen – which translates to “building groups” – is a process allowing individuals to group together and become their own developer of well-designed, sustainable higher-density housing suitable for their long-term needs.

The Baugruppen process has the potential to deliver multi-unit housing that is more affordable, more diverse, more sustainable and supports the establishment of community.

The WGV concept design has been prepared by multi-award-winning Fremantle Architect, Michael Patroni of spaceagency, and features “stacked homes” with no common walls.

Single-storey modules will accommodate one bedroom, one bedroom plus study, or two-bedroom homes, while double-storey modules accommodate three or four-bedroom homes.

All homes feature cross ventilation, abundant natural light and generous private outdoor space, with shared facilities including a common room, guest suite, community gardens and rooftop terrace. 

Registrations are sought from homebuyers interested om taking part in the Baugruppen Demonstration project at WGV.

Homebuyers group together through the settlement and development process, and on completion of the project, apartments are strata-titled and individually owned as they would be in a conventional development.

WGV is WA’s first One Planet Community, and has set new benchmarks for affordable, community-focused, sustainable living – and as such, it’s the perfect home for this project.” said Mr Marra.

In addition to cost savings and sustainable living, Baugruppen Projects deliver great community bonds and build networks between neighbours through the process.

This will be the first apartment building in WA to be delivered using the Baugruppen model, and the first higher density project of its type in Australia. It’s another great example of LandCorp’s Innovation through Demonstration approach, and one we believe will be very well received by the market.”

Interested participants should contact Cindy at Dethridge Groves Real Estate on cindy@dethridgegroves.com.au by 15 August. For more information on the Baugruppen Demonstration project at WGV, please visit www.baugruppen.com.au

 

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ROYAL GEORGE TOWER REVEALED

 

 

 

I received these artist’s impressions of the proposed new slim tower behind the Royal George hotel in East Fremantle from developers Saracen Properties.

The developers plan to fully renovate the beautiful heritage listed Royal George for tourist accommodation, a gin distillery, bar, restaurants, etc.

They also want to build a 15 storey elliptical spike set on a four storey podium along Duke Street, and create a community square between the former Brush Factory building and the Royal George.

The architect for the project is highly-regarded Michael Patroni of the Fremantle spaceagency.

Roel Loopers

 

TALL DEVELOPMENT FOR ROYAL GEORGE HOTEL

 

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The development proposal by Saracen Properties for the Royal George hotel site in East Fremantle is as exciting as it will be controversial.

The plans for the restoration of the gorgeous heritage building are great and would see the old building, that has been vacant for far too many years, be brought back to life and activation.

The entire building would be restored, including the massive and very high cellars below, that would house a gin distillery or winemaking facility.

On Thursday afternoon Joel Saracen took me on a tour inside the building while our great Freo architect Michael Patroni of the High Street Spaceagency explained his thinking behind the concept.

The Royal George would house a cafe, restaurant, bar, function and community meeting rooms and tourist accommodation, while they would also develop a new public realm between the former Brush Factory building and the Royal George.

On the flip side all the expensive heritage restoration needs to be paid for and the proposal is for a 19 storey slim elliptical spike that is set back from a so called podium in Duke Street. It would house 40 large apartments. The building would have ‘fins’ to make it visually more attractive and would become an iconic landmark pointing to the Fremantle area.

The height along Duke Street would be similar to the height of the Brush Factorey and Royal George.

Parking for residents would be provided for inside the building with a car stacker, but does not include parking for the restaurant and bar patrons.

I know height is always going to be an issue in Fremantle, but I believe that a really well designed slim and very high building could be accommodated in that location. No doubt many locals will disagree with me.

There is a very nice brochure that explains most things but I am flabbergasted by the ‘clever’ PR of explaining why a taller building is better than a shorter and wider building, and showing the ugly shorter box, but not actually showing the proposed 19-storey slim tower. The cynical public will no doubt ask what the developers are trying to hide by not showing the tower.

The decision making authority will be the WA State Development Assessment Panel, not East Fremantle Council.

Roel Loopers

PS: I was promised on Thursday that the developers would email me some images, but still have not received any at 10 am on Saturday so just copied some from the brochure. I publish a daily blog not a quarterly magazine. :>)

 

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