(11/1/2018) Manning Buildings recommended for approval
The plans to refurbish the 100-year-old Manning Buildings in the heart of Fremantle have been recommended for approval by the Fremantle Council’s planning committee.
The heritage buildings – bounded by Market Street, High Street Mall and William Street – were built between 1902 and 1906.
The development proposal included the restoration of original shopfronts and facades along High Street and Market Street, internal alterations and conservation works to the upper floor offices and ground floor shops.
The plans also included the partial demolition of some existing buildings at the rear of site, with the addition of two-storey offices off Paddy Troy Mall, and a new building for a brewhouse, bar and restaurant at the rear of existing buildings on William Street.
Last night, the Council’s planning committee endorsed a report recommending the development be approved.
Acting Mayor Ingrid Waltham said the committee believed the proposed development struck the right balance between revitalising an under-utilised space and preserving Fremantle’s valuable heritage.
“Since the application was first lodged the City has worked closely with the developers to address concerns around maintaining as much as the original fabric of the buildings as possible,” Acting Mayor Waltham said.
“We’re now satisfied that the parts of the buildings with the most heritage value will be conserved and protected, alterations to the less significant parts have been minimised, and the new additions are sympathetic to the heritage of the area.
“The upper floors of some of these buildings have been empty for up to 80 years, and are in very poor condition. This refurbishment will see hundreds of people once again working in these upper floor offices in our main mall – a fantastic outcome.
"The sensitive restoration, adaptation and re-use of these heritage buildings will be a positive and exciting contribution to an increasingly vibrant city, and will ensure that these beautiful buildings will continue to be enjoyed – and used - by future generations."
The City’s report will now be provided to the South West Joint Development Assessment Panel (JDAP), which will have the final say on the proposal.
The JDAP is expected to consider the application at a meeting on 23 January.