Hotel Plans Lodged as Fremantle Renewal Ramps Up


Plans for a $24-million, 100-room hotel neighbouring the East Fremantle Oval have been lodged with the City of Fremantle Council, signalling the ongoing redevelopment of the city’s gateway suburbs.

Yolk Property Group, a privately syndicated developer, plans to build a six-storey building with, it says, restrained design that would be in-keeping with the heritage elements and style of the area around the site, a vacant block at 65 South Terrace, Fremantle.

The project sits within a future transit-oriented-development city node of Fremantle and near the East Fremantle oval, which has been earmarked for a $26.5-million revamp tofo club facilities, and to create a publicly accessible oval. It is also next to the Fremantle Hospital.

Harris Jenkins Architects have been commissioned for the project.

According to the development documents, they have envisioned a building that “seeks to resonate with a unique set of local architectural circumstances”.

“At a precinct scale the building desires to knit itself into an existing fabric, becoming of its place,” the report said.

The proposal includes 100 hotel rooms, 43 parking bays on two levels, a gym, about 210sq m of office space, conference rooms and a bar or cafe.

▲ A $270m redevelopment of King's Square in the heart of Fremantle is expected to open later this year. Image: King's Square Fremantle
▲ A $270-million redevelopment of King's Square in the heart of Fremantle is expected to open later this year. Image: King's Square Fremantle

There has been significant investment in urban renewal around the city, including a $270-million redevelopment of Kings Square in the heart of Fremantle.

The city’s bid to gain funding for a light rail or tram connection between Fremantle and nearby Murdoch has been given a boost after it was included in Infrastructure Australia’s priority list for 2021.

“Investing in light rail or similar technology, such as trackless trams, would help to unlock the under-utilised land between Fremantle and Murdoch, creating opportunities for people to live closer to where they work, study and play,” Fremantle deputy mayor Andrew Sullivan said

“Now that Infrastructure Australia has recognised this transport link as a nationally significant project, we look forward to working with the state and federal governments to progress the planning for this vital piece of infrastructure.”

Also in Freemantle this week, it was announced the landmark Metropolis building, a nightclub since 1991, was being offered for sale.

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