Kim Hames

Kim Hames


    101-unit redevelopment of former Fremantle Cold Stores site planned

    24/10/1999 7:00 AM

      The Ministry of Housing is planning a 101-unit redevelopment of the former Fremantle Cold Stores site between Queen Victoria and Beach Streets.

      The project will be one of Fremantle region’s biggest urban renewal ventures.

      Housing Minister Dr Kim Hames said today the redevelopment, designed by Spowers Architects in close consultation with the Fremantle City Council and local residents, reflected the character and ambience of the port city.

      As well as providing much-needed rental accommodation, the project used urban design principles to create attractive community spaces that people enjoyed living in and using.

      Buildings were mostly two or three storeys and were linked by landscaped open spaces designed to engender a sense of ownership and connection with surrounding dwellings.

      While most of the units were for aged accommodation, there were also family and one-bedroom units and some specifically designed for people with disabilities.

      Dr Hames said that in its 100-year history the site had accommodated a tram station, power sub-station, foundry, bacon-curer, meatworks and motor company. Homeswest bought it in 1990 for $900,000 and it was currently leased to Fremantle sardine producer Mendalia Seafoods.

      The redevelopment would retain and reuse significant heritage buildings, including the original Fremantle Cold Storage building and its 1950s extension at the eastern end of the site on Beach Street, the original tram-car barns and the building at the western end of the site on Beach Street.

      The frame of the former power station would be incorporated into an area of public open space to indicate the previous structure and its use.

      The Minister said the $14 million redevelopment would begin in the middle of next year and be completed in 12 to 18 months.

      “The Ministry of Housing is planning the redevelopment in response to the strong demand for low-cost rental housing in the Fremantle area,” Dr Hames said.

      “This site is ideally located close to Fremantle Hospital, public transport and shops.

      “It is a major project that will boost the local economy and greatly improve the Victoria Street/Beach Street gateway to the city.”

      Traffic, parking, security and the nearby working port had been taken into consideration in the design. There would be no through traffic, and parking was limited to one bay per unit.

      Passive surveillance principles had influenced the building design.

      There were no dead spots and open spaces were clearly defined with appropriate lighting, landscaping and seating. There were clear vistas throughout the site to allow for casual surveillance. Security screens and doors would be provided in accordance with Homeswest policy.

      Dr Hames said port-related issues including noise, risk and odour had also been addressed.

      The project was the latest in a series of attractive and well-designed Ministry of Housing medium-density inner city developments in Perth and Fremantle.

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              Ministry of Housing: Janet Wainwright or Sue Roberts on 9222 4500