The 2,834 square metre site on the corner of William and Henderson Street, adjacent to the popular Fremantle Markets, is currently used as a car park but was once home to the famous Spicer & Detmold building which was demolished in the 1970s.
Fiveight’s plans, developed with architects Smart Design Studio, will transform the site with a six-storey, 117-room boutique hotel with ground floor hotel lobby, retail spaces, guest amenities, including a rooftop terrace with swimming pool, and one level of basement carparking for up to 48 vehicles.
The Development Application (DA), which has now been submitted to the City of Fremantle, also provides opportunities for alfresco dining, community events and social gatherings in tree-lined pedestrian-friendly spaces.
Tattarang CEO Andrew Hagger said the project would transform the well-known site into a destination hotel designed to sit comfortably alongside Fremantle’s historic architecture and existing public spaces.
“We have worked closely with the architects to create a lifestyle hotel concept that draws on Fremantle’s unique character and attitude to create a landmark building that brings people together.
“We plan to deliver a project that is worthy of the site’s strategic position and significance, giving Fremantle’s tourist precinct a lively heart and helping boost the revitalisation of the port city,” Mr Hagger said.
Head of Fiveight John Meredith said the hotel, which will be constructed in a U-shape, will include a mix of room types, including six rooms designed for accessible use and more than 75 per cent with balconies.
“We have focused on ensuring that the building’s height and scale considers the existing urban fabric and enhances existing linkages around the site and into the building itself. Ultimately, we will create a premium hotel with mixed-use facilities that can be enjoyed by tourists, business visitors and locals alike,” Mr Meredith said.
Central to the design is a generously sized courtyard space with circular oculus open to the sky.
There is potential for an art gallery to be located within the building, along with a range of food and beverage options, including bars that are open to both the public and hotel guests.
The DA outlines the project’s sustainability strategy which will capitalise on the site’s natural light and cross ventilation and maximise the roof area for collection of solar energy to be used within the building. It will meet the City of Fremantle’s Local Planning Policy requirements for sustainable design through the development of a One Planet Action Plan that demonstrates leadership across principles that include health and happiness, culture and community, and equity and local economy, among others.