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Impressions of the Matilda Bay Brewery redevelopment. Image supplied.
  • The 2.9-hectare site will feature over 10,000 sqm of public space
  • Will also feature 207 apartments
  • Heritage revitalisation will pay tribute to the sites previous life as a Ford production facility

The landmark Matilda Bay site along Stirling Highway in North Fremantle is set for a transformation, with a development application lodged.

Plans include transforming the underutilised community site into a vibrant, lively, beachfront mixed-use precinct.

COX Architecture will deliver “The Assembly” over two stages across a 2.9-hectare site bound by McCabe and Coventry streets. Stage One will feature a new community hub featuring over 10,000 sqm of publicly accessible amenities.

It will also feature 207 high-end one, two, three and four-bedroom residential apartments.

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COX Architecture Creative Director, Steve Woodland, said transforming the iconic site, which has a rich cultural history synonymous with North Fremantle, will honour the past while delivering something new for locals and visitors.

“We have brought together the best project team to work in consultation with the City of Fremantle to ensure the next chapter of the Matilda Bay Brewery site is something we can all be proud of,” Mr Woodland said.

“The new masterplan we are putting forward commits more than half (66%) of Stage 1 to be fully accessible to the public through a series of new community amenities.

Steve Woodland, COX Architecture

“These will include a fresh food provedore to service the North Fremantle community, new recreation facilities, restaurants, creative and co-working spaces.”

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Nod to history

Along with 10,265 sqm of public space, the development will also feature 3,600 sqm of heritage revitalisation focusing on the site’s previous life as the site of the Ford Motor Company’s former production facility, built in 1929.

“Before producing beer, this site was the manufacturing facility for Ford Motor Company until 1987, two years later Matilda Bay commenced production there,” Mr Woodland said.

“Given the history of the site has links to both the automotive and hospitality industries, we have incorporated these into the development to ensure the history of North Fremantle is not lost for future generations.

“We look forward to working with the Council on progressing this exciting project to the next stage of development.

“We’re excited to be able to put forward a concept that provides benefits for not only those future residents of the project, but the broader community and those who visit it as a destination in its own right.”

The consultation period will begin on 21 June 2022 and end on 20 July 2022.

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