Victoria Quay Precinct Plans

Case Study

Location

Walyalup

What was the issue?

Victoria Quay (VQ) and the adjacent railway station and pioneer park precincts act as the public interface between the city of Fremantle and the working harbour. Underpinning the site was a complex web of land ownership and usage issues, heritage constraints, a messy road system, and a protective community. Previous development proposals had been poorly received.

Our job was to work with key stakeholders and the community to develop a series of ‘enabling precinct plans’ that could unlock the potential of the site. Our client, Fremantle Ports, was looking for a pathway to create genuine opportunities for commercial investment and social development.


From the outset our process was open and democratic, providing space for diverse voices to be heard.

What was the process?

We engaged with the Project Partnership team (client and government authorities) and Stakeholder Group (community and landowners) to develop a collaborative and community-focussed outcome. These groups, and others, were invited to contribute to numerous open days, walking tours, design charettes, online surveys and written correspondence. Over the course of the project over 65 stakeholder and engagement sessions were conducted in and around the project.

A key move was to reconnect Victoria Quay with the city. After extensive negotiation with the Perth Transport Authority we proposed the relocation of the bus interchange away from its current location outside the Railway Station. This shift would enable the railway forecourt to be reinstated as a bustling, civic square.

The view corridors through central Fremantle to the port are one of the best things about Fremantle. A key piece of community feedback was that these needed to be protected. To this end, we proposed a diverse range of building footprints as opposed to a single, monolithic building. Our design controls respond to the variety of existing building scales with VQ and along the adjacent streets.

The view corridors through central Fremantle to the port are one of the best things about Fremantle. A key piece of community feedback was that these needed to be protected. To this end, we proposed a diverse range of building footprints as opposed to a single, monolithic building. Our design controls respond to the variety of existing building scales with VQ and along the adjacent streets.

What was our impact?

Our proudest achievement was the way in which we were able to stitch together the port and city. Using extensive community and stakeholder consultation and a transparent design process we were able to reconnect the Port, Railway Station and a pocket of urban parkland with the broader city.

The final outcome celebrates the history of the site whilst at the same time providing a framework for future civic and commercial development.

"Their passion and obvious commitment to design in Fremantle is evident and has been remarked upon by many of the participants. TF.A has established a framework that will guide the very best in urban design and architecture for this key Western Australian site.” Franco Andreone, Fremantle Ports