Pointing redevelopment in the right direction
April 26, 2012 2 Comments
This week Fremantle Council voted to advertise the business plan for tendering for the redevelopment of the property it owns on Point Street.
For those of you that don’t know it is the rather unattractive buildings near Clancy’s and Princess May Park that includes the Port Cinema and Point Street multiple-storey carpark and shops like Fleet Cycles.
This 5000m2 site is under amendment 49 zoned for four floors facing Princess May Park and six facing Point Street.
Fremantle Council’s vision for this site is that it set the high standard for development the east end of the city. It will be a green, mixed use building that will include affordable housing and a very high standard of building design. Design requirements include:
• To act as a catalyst to stimulate development and further regeneration of the east end area of the city centre.
• The development must achieve a ‘green design’ (Green Star) rating equivalent to at least 5 star, incorporating low energy and water use, on-site energy generation, recycling, roof planting, etc. The development will include a green roof of at least 25% of roof top space. By requiring this high standard of sustainable design into the redevelopment of the site it can also serve as a demonstration to other developers and the community.
• To achieve a quality modern development that protects and reinforces the area’s significant cultural heritage.
• To increase the number and diversity of people in the area as a combination of workers, residents and visitors as well as affordable housing
While the City has debated doing this redevelopment itself, the truth is that when Council’s do their own redevelopments they often end up been rather terrible because we just don’t have the right expertise and experience. The last time Council tried this in Fremantle was the Queensgate building and that is hardly a quality outcome.
Instead the Fremantle Council is requiring developers build up to the high standards we are setting so I think this will be an excellent development outcome. Here are a few images from the planning process