SKS Group’s $115 million project to deliver new apartment options for port city residents.
A major infill project that will dovetail with the rejuvenation of Fremantle’s CBD and its new workforce has been launched this week with the opening of the sales campaign for Ancora Fremantle.
The $115 million project, which will include a four-star DoubleTree by Hilton Fremantle Hotel, will be constructed on the site of a former carpark by the Perth arm of Malaysian property developer SKS Group.
Off-the-plan sales of the 98 apartments, which will be located on the corner of Point and Adelaide streets, will be coordinated by Colliers International’s Samantha Ferraz and Ashlee Arnott who are expecting strong interest.
“SKS Group purchased the site for $11 million in 2012 from the City of Fremantle and has long held an ambition to develop a major residential and tourism project in Fremantle,” Ms Ferraz said.
“Overlooking Princess May Park on one boundary and with views over the historic city centre and the long-awaited Kings Square redevelopment, Ancora Fremantle will transform a city block into a thriving hub for residents and tourists.”
Designed by Box Architects, Ancora’s red brick façade pays tribute to Fremantle’s industrial past while a bold shipping container mural connects the building to Fremantle’s working port.
The warehouse aesthetic continues inside with a spacious open plan design and a mix of contrasting textures and finishes.
Sliding balcony screens provide shade and privacy while also letting in the city’s namesake sea breeze, the Fremantle Doctor.
Ms Arnott said the apartments would deliver a new standard of accommodation for Fremantle’s expanding workforce.
“Around 1500 public servants working for three government departments will relocate to a new office building at Fremantle’s Kings Square in 2020 as part of the State Government’s move to decentralise jobs from Perth’s CBD,” she said.
“The arrival of these government departments will be a major boost to Fremantle’s working population and a catalyst for new investment.”
Ancora’s one, two and three-bedroom apartments will frame a resort style pool and the building will also have a gym and a residents’ lounge.
A tasteful blend of textures and materials has been selected for the interiors and the kitchens will have stone benchtops, European appliances and the option for either an oak finish or white gloss cabinets.
“This project has the best of Fremantle on its doorstep and even the train station is just a short walk away so it will be hard to beat in terms of amenity,” Ms Ferraz said.
The new 150-room hotel, which is being developed by SKS Group for hotel operator Hilton Worldwide, will deliver much-needed tourist accommodation and will overlook Cantonment Street and Fremantle Port.
It will be SKS Group’s third Perth hotel.
The developer is also building two other Double Tree by Hilton hotels in Perth, the 4.5-star DoubleTree by Hilton Perth Waterfront Hotel at Elizabeth Quay and the DoubleTree by Hilton Northbridge.