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Hilton SingleTree Hotel 2016
Kate Emery, West Australian, 1 February 2016
Plans for a new Hilton hotel in Fremantle have been delayed by two years after protracted talks over design and heritage with the City of Fremantle.
In a blow to plans to revitalise Fremantle, which is also facing delays over its $270 million Kings Square development, the 150-room DoubleTree Hilton is not expected to open until 2019.
The seven-storey hotel overlooking Princess May Park — plans for which were announced in 2014 — was to have been completed by next year. Hilton and its partner SKS Group tweaked the original design, replacing a ground-floor supermarket with a food hall.
The partners’ amended development application was approved by the City, but they are yet to submit a building permit application.
The hotel is one of two Hiltons planned for WA under its family-friendly DoubleTree brand. The other is at Elizabeth Quay.
SKS general manager Francis Foong attributed the delay to “extended discussions” with the council’s design assessment panel and heritage committee.
“SKS also lodged an amended DA to change the use of 2000sqm of ground floor from supermarket to food arcade,” he said.
A council spokesman said that its design advisory committee had to consider the plans “several times” for design issues to be resolved.
“The majority of design issues related to character, quality of public realm and overall design quality and functionality,” he said.
“The applicant was able to apply for a building permit after the January 2014 approval was issued so that construction could commence —for example, on the basement — while the other design matters were being resolved. The City has yet to receive a building permit application for the site.”
Fremantle is trying to reverse years of economic decline after largely sitting out the boom that transformed much of the Perth CBD. The Hilton is expected to help overhaul Fremantle’s east end.
Emery, Kate 2016, 'Two-year delay for Freo’s Hilton', West Australian, 1 February.
Kenyon, Clare 2014, 'Hilton for Freo', Fremantle Herald, 4 April.
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