Stockade saved but brutal goes

The plan has “been through the ringer” but the old Stockade Building on Wellington Street will be saved.

Most of the 1910 building will be retained in the new six-storey design by Palassis Architects.

It was approved by Perth city council Tuesday night, and it’s third time lucky for the $4.5 million project.

The first application lodged in 2011 proposed knocking down most of the old building and just keeping the facade.

PCC boffins on the design advisory committee wanted to keep more and the designer went back to the drawing board, submitting another plan early this year.

Finally, after its third attempt through DAC in September, everyone’s happy with the new heritage-friendly and energy-efficient design.

Also at PCC this week, the demolition of nearby FESA house was approved at the urging of the Barnett government, so a hotel could be built (see “Brutal fate for FESA building” Perth Voice, November 16, 2013).

The other big hotel project down at Barrack Square also received the thumbs up (“Hotel nod for river,” Perth Voice, November 16, 2013), though the final call rests with the WA government.

by DAVID BELL

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