Western Australia Minister for Lands Brendon Grylls
Partner Announced For Innovative Knutsford Project
Victor P Taffa
A former industrial site near the Fremantle city centre will be transformed into a high-quality residential precinct through a partnering agreement between the State Government’s land development agency, LandCorp and a well-credentialed development consortium.
Lands Minister Brendon Grylls today announced the Knutsford Consortium, including the Fini Group, Georgiou Capital and Mainpart Holdings, had been chosen as the preferred partner for the Knutsford project.
Leading the consortium’s design is highly-awarded local Fremantle architect Michael Patroni from Spaceagency, with input from a highly-renowned multidisciplinary project team.
Mr. Grylls said the consortium’s submission was particularly strong in design quality, accommodation diversity, affordability and environmental leadership.
“LandCorp in conjunction with the Knutsford Consortium will be focused on making this site an integral part of the Fremantle community through relevant, thoughtful urban design and contemporary architecture.” the Minister said.
Ross Holt, CEO, LandCorp said the development was a rare opportunity to rejuvenate a unique development infill site in Fremantle.
“We will work collaboratively with the Knutsford Consortium and other stakeholders to deliver this innovative medium-density residential project, which will introduce considerable community amenity to what was once an old industrial precinct.” Mr. Holt said.
The consortium’s proposal features a wide variety of accommodation options, from single residential dwellings, townhouses to grouped dwellings and apartments of varying types and sizes. Importantly, the dwellings are being designed to be both flexible and adaptable to accommodate the changing demographics of our future population, family structures and the ability to support intergenerational living arrangements.
The proposal also contains an affordability component which aims to exceed LandCorp’s 10 % minimum objective. In addition the proposed design approach aims to retain components of the area’s characteristic Fremantle topography.