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Nov 29, 2019

Rowe Group recently partnered with Curtin University’s School of Design and Built Environment, to enable planning students studying the Integrated Planning Unit with the opportunity to engage with industry representatives and prepare their own WHY NOT?

Recognising the recent discussions regarding the potential relocation of the Fremantle Port operations to Kwinana, the students were tasked with preparing a Mixed Use Masterplan Concept for a post operational Fremantle Port.

Throughout the semester Rowe Group team members, Forbes Chesterman (Manger Design), Sean Fairfoul (Manager Planning) and Blair Stroud (Planner) informed the students about the various competing issues and guided the students through the planning and design techniques and outcomes.

The students undertook both group and individual work assignments in the creation of their Masterplan and presented their final design within the Rowe Group office.

We would like to take the opportunity to acknowledge the winning group and congratulate Alisha Kozma for winning the individual component of the work.  Alisha’s winning presentation incorporated a well-considered integration of residential and non-residential land uses with connections to the harbour and ocean interface as well as including excellent 3 dimensional design communication techniques.  Alisha’s work may be viewed below.

Congratulations to all the students who took part in the project throughout the semester.  Rowe Group look forward to supporting the Urban and Regional Planning course in the future.


by Alisha Kozma, Curtin University Student

Site Overview

Site Vision

To promote a vibrant, mixed use development, integrating; land use, passive and active transport solutions, facilitating both community and development outcomes, creating a destination within Perth and the international stage as a landmark development site showcasing unique urban design, local amenity, acknowledgement of heritage and connectivity.

Fremantle Port Structure Plan

Site Goals

Design Guidelines

Proposed Plan

The Mixed Use/Residential area is a target for active uses on ground level with medium to high rise living above. Non-residential uses will be distinguished from residential uses in colour & material choices as seen in the close up design. The image to the left highligts the desired interaction between the built form & the street, especially in the Green Route areas.

1) R-AC1 Mixed Use/Residential

2) R-AC1 Mixed Use Green Route

3) R-AC3 Tourism Precinct

The Tourism Precinct is aimed at catering for the tourists arriving on crusie ships, but also national & international tourist. The precinct will provide resturants, entertainment venues and short stay accommodation, catering to the needs of the international community & supporting local use.

4) R80 Riverfront Living

The Riverfront Living area is to provide for more medium density living with nature at the focus. The area is surrounded by the river & parks. The close up design highlights the proximity to the riverfront park with trees creating an attractive vista.

5) Desired Active Street

The image highlights the desired activity for commercial uses on the podium level to create attractive & intimate spaces. Wide pedestrain spaces & street parking are key outcomes

6) Desired Pedestrian Mall

The image highlights the desired intimate scale for the mall, achieved with alfresco dining, large canopy trees & mixed materials. Particularly the desired pedestrian mall outcome will aim to have pedestrian scale tiles & plenty of public seating.

Proposed Plan Details


A) Parry Street (Link into Fremantle)

The street provides for heavy traffic & wide pedestrian spaces with tree planted sidewalks

B) Central Heights (Main Road to Centre)

Provides for all transport modes & many trees

C) Park Loop

Caters for low traffic & high nature connection

D) Beach Link

Low car, high pedestrian traffic & many trees.

E) Parkway Drive

High traffic, street parking to suppport park use

F) Shipping Crescent

Green route street, linking parks to western side







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