PLANS are afoot to spend $7.7 million on restoring the old Maylands Brickworks, but it’ll likely involve a substantial residential development.
The 1927 brickworks, which have been closed for 30-odd years, is owned by the City of Bayswater and is state heritage listed, with the only remaining ‘Hoffman Kiln’ in WA (there was another, but it was destroyed during the 1968 earthquake).
The state heritage department has put together four tentative plans and wants input and ideas from the community.
Three of the plans involve building 68 new dwellings and selling them to fund the works, meaning there’ll be no cost to Bayswater council.
The four concept plans are:
• Residential/mixed use adaption of the brickworks, plus new residential buildings along the east side;
• Residential/mixed use and recreation adaption of the brickworks plus a new residential development on the southern carpark;
• Relocating the Maylands golf course clubhouse into the brickworks and building the apartments on the southern carpark;
• Move the golf clubhouse to the brickworks along with some other recreational stuff, but don’t build any new houses. But with no residential sell-off that leaves a hole in the budget.
Ward councillor Elli Petersen-Pik went along to the first information session on Saturday and says “most people that I spoke to on the day understood that this project is a great opportunity to preserve the historic building and open it up for some kind of community use.
“I was also pleased to see that many recognised that restoring the building, the drying shed and the pugmill would require significant funding, which is the biggest challenge for this project.”
The other ward councillor, Catherine Ehrhardt, wants any potential residential development to be low impact.
She says the city has more than 10 kilometres of foreshore and doesn’t want this project to set a precedent that’ll lead to apartments all along the riverfront, like the other side of the Swan.
“My biggest fear…is that eventually it’ll look like Rivervale.”
“When I stand down near the golf club or the police academy, I look across the river and see these jagged highrises across the water.
“I’m very supportive of density, but in my view it should be along main transport corridors: along Guildford Road and along train lines.”
She says she would prefer a low-impact option with about 12 premium housing sites, which would have less impact on the area.
There’s a final information session at the Maylands Brickworks on February 26, 5pm – 7pm, and the feedback period runs until March 16, and you can read the concept plans and have a say at engage.bayswater.wa.gov.au
The state heritage council will then put together a final concept plan, scheduled to be voted on by Bayswater councillors in mid-2018.
by DAVID BELL