A proposal to build Western Australia’s first timber-framed office building has just been given the ‘go-ahead’ by Fremantle Council.
The six-storey sustainable office development is set to reside on the corner of High Street and Josephson Street in Fremantle’s East End.
The proposal, submitted by Yolk Property Group and Harris Jenkins Architects, includes a small bar and restaurant on the ground floor, five levels of office space in the building’s upper floors and a basement level housing a car stacker, pump room and water tank.
As well as utilising Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) for the building’s exterior, a range of other sustainability initiatives will be employed, including an operable glass facade to circulate fresh air and deliver maximum sunlight to all levels of the building, a solar photovoltaic and battery storage system, green facades and a commercial greywater system.
Fremantle Mayor, Brad Pettitt, said the building was an excellent example of the sustainable development the City was seeking to encourage.
“In recent years in Fremantle we’ve seen the construction of some really exciting sustainable buildings that are better places to live and work in, better for the environment and cheaper to operate,” Mayor Pettitt said.
“To be home to WA’s first timber-framed office building will only enhance Fremantle’s reputation as a leader in sustainable development.”
Mayor Pettitt further stated that this project represents the first significant investment in a major new office development in the eastern end of Fremantle since Scheme Amendment 49 was approved back in 2012.
The amendment to the City of Fremantle’s Local Planning Scheme aimed to boost residential and commercial investment in Fremantle by identifying 12 key sites in the East End that were suitable for redevelopment and allowed for increased building heights and density on those sites.
“It goes to show that it can take a long time for the planning decisions of the council to flow through to actual development, but it also demonstrates that the council’s plan to make Fremantle a more attractive investment destination is working,” he said.
“This project, along with the renewal of Kings Square and all the new residential developments in the city centre, will result in more people living and working in Fremantle and supporting the local economy.”