THE transformation of a former industrial site near the Fremantle city centre is a step closer this week, with the government announcing the selection of the Knutsford Consortium as preferred partner.
The Knutsford project is proposed to be a high-quality residential precinct, with a mix of densities and housing types and styles.
Lands Minister Brendon Grylls said the submission by the Knutsford Consortium – which includes Fini Group, Georgiou Capital and Mainpart Holdings – 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." Mr Grylls said.
The consortium's proposal is said to feature a wide variety of flexible and adaptable accommodation options, from single residential dwellings, townhouses to grouped dwellings and apartments of varying types and sizes.
The proposal also contains an affordability component which aims to exceed LandCorp's 10 per cent minimum objective. In addition, the proposed design approach aims to retain components of the area's characteristic Fremantle topography.
LandCorp CEO, Ross Holt, said the development was a rare opportunity to rejuvenate a unique development infill site in Fremantle. He said LandCorp would work collaboratively with the Knutsford Consortium and other stakeholders and introduce "considerable community amenity to what was once an old industrial precinct."