A Shed redevelopment to transform Victoria Quay
Fremantle’s Victoria Quay is set to be transformed into a tourism landmark, with a new micro-brewery, eatery and café set to open in the historic A Shed building next year.
The McGowan Government has granted a lease to Western Australia brewing company Gage Roads Brewing Company to refurbish and develop the almost 100-year old building following a request-for-proposal process.
The Gage Roads proposal will see the heritage-listed goods shed transformed into a working micro-brewery, eatery, alfresco area, bar and café.
The facility will operate seven days a week as a family-friendly venue geared towards attracting a wide clientele of locals and tourists, including those visiting Victoria Quay by bike, on foot and via public transport.
The 100m-long A Shed occupies a total land area of more than 3,000sqm, making it a significant development site.
The micro-brewery, bar and eatery will take full advantage of the building’s heritage features and A Berth frontage to the port. Refurbishment will be undertaken at Gage Roads’ expense to plans approved by Fremantle Ports and in accordance with heritage obligations.
Work will commence on the refurbishment of A Shed in October this year, with the new A Shed development set to open in Summer 2021-22 next year.
The jarrah-framed and weatherboard A Shed was built in 1925-26, replacing an earlier goods shed on the site constructed in 1905. It has most recently been used by the WA Maritime Museum for office space and exhibits in storage.
The new development comes as the McGowan Government releases the Victoria Quay Waterfront Steering Committee’s assessment of future opportunities for Victoria Quay.
The Steering Committee, chaired by Fremantle MLA Simone McGurk, met throughout last year to undertake a high-level opportunity assessment of the Victoria Quay precinct.
The committee found that improving connectors to the Fremantle CBD, introducing effective catalysts for development and ongoing place activation measures were three key drivers for Victoria Quay’s future development as a vibrant civic, commercial and tourism destination.
It identified a number of potential opportunities for the future and the implementation of some of these will now be considered by the State Government.
The assessment can be found here.
“The redevelopment of A Shed delivers on our election commitment to bring high-value uses to the precinct and develop it as a world class tourist destination,” said Premier Mark McGowan.
“Right alongside the existing spectacular WA Maritime Museum, with an incredible harbour vista, this will become a highly-popular destination for both Western Australians and tourists.
“In a challenging economic period, this is a major demonstration of confidence by a key player in the WA hospitality industry, that will generate jobs in both the construction and operational phases.”
Ports Minister Alannah MacTiernan said, “Once complete, this Gage Roads facility will be a fantastic place to have a meal or drink, watch the theatre of the working port at the mouth of Swan River and absorb the history of this iconic Western Australian site.
“A Shed is one of the most exciting tourism development opportunities in Western Australia and this project is a tremendous step toward delivering this part of Victoria Quay as a world-class civic hub in a port environment.
“We are particularly excited that Gage Roads will use this new development to showcase beers and products from regional WA, helping to support our regional food and beverage businesses.”
State Member for Fremantle Simone McGurk said the site of Fremantle Harbour has a rich history, “covering indigenous, economic, social and labour stories many of us know so well, and A Shed is a significant example of the wharf’s unique industrial architecture.
“This is a game-changer. Opening in summer 2021, this development will significantly increase foot traffic into the western end of Victoria Quay, and spur other development, as we progressively transform Victoria Quay into a world-class people place.”