The Royal George Hotel is a landmark historic building for the Town of East Fremantle and listed with the National Trust of Australia(NTA). Built in 1903 during the gold boom years it ceased to operate as a public house in 1979. Since then it has been used as an educational facility and up until recently artist studios.
The original lot parcel was a distinct challenge for the original architects with severe site contours. Unfortunately, the development of Stirling Highway has added to the challenge by being built literally meters away from the building and transecting the site to leave a lot parcel that is less than desirable.
The NTA and private developers have been investigating ways to restore the building to its original glory through joint ventures with private investors. The success of such an arrangement depends entirely on the commercial viability of the project to investors.
With onerous NTA restoration requirements, a busy highway built meters away and a triangulated lot parcel, Property Genesis was approached to develop a solution that would produce enough viability to private investors. Opening the door for major restorations to the original building.
Although the NTA restoration requirements were onerous the re-purposing of the original hotel into short-stay accommodation including a public eatery, function rooms and wine bar was a relatively easy proposition. However, incorporating private apartments within the triangulated lot parcel to the rear of the hotel and positioned literally 1 meter away for a busy Stirling Highway, the solution was not going to come easy.
Setbacks, plot ratio and parking became less of an issue through successful negotiations with the City of East Fremantle providing reasonable compensations. The real challenge was meeting the acoustic regulatory requirements for private residences. The solution was to build a large physical mass between the residences and the highway in conjunction with utilising quality double glazed fenestration.
Positioning the bedrooms as far away from the noise source along the Duke Street boundary opposite allowed good solar penetration into living areas just behind the large curved brick wall along Stirling Highway.
The Duke Street façade respects the scale and language of the original building interpreting its detailing in a contemporary manner while incorporating modern energy efficient materials.
In total, eight large private apartments are achieved with the potential to increase this to twelve.